EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/17/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Miroslav Nikolic leaves Hemofarm STADA ? -by Dragan Jankovski
After last night's defeat against Zadar at home 74-83, well respected head coach of Hemofarm STADA Miroslav Nikolic decided to step down on his position. Namely, after the game coach Nikolic said that he decided to leave because management of the club doesn't believe him that this young team can not make better results than this. Nikolic also stated that he will have a meeting with club's management and he will lead Hemofarm in the second game of ULEB Cup 1/8 finals against Girona in Spain if team doesn't find a replacement for him until that time.

Management of BC Hemofarm will send an official statement about Nikolic's leaving to the media during the day becuase they want to talk with Nikolic first and try to persuade him to continue his very successful work.


Hemofarm STADA accepted Nikolic's resignation ! -by Dragan Jankovski
Management of Hemofarm STADA accepted resignation of their head coach Miroslav Nikolic, which he announced on his own request after the Saturday's defeat against Zadar at home. On the official press conference after the game Nikolic stated that management doesn't believe him that the team makes the best results and that it is their maximum. He also stated that he doesn't have support from the management.

Hemofarm's officials didn't want to comment Nikolic's resignation because he didn't want to talk with them before he officially resigned. They stated that Hemofarm is a team with big ambitions who wants maximum from everyone.

Hemofarm STADA will try to find a replacement for Nikolic during the next week. Nikolic's assistants Miodrag Rajkovic and Goran Topic will lead the team in the second game of ULEB Cup 1/8 finals which Hemofarm will play in Girona on Tuesday.


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AUSTRIA

H2 results from yesterday! -by Stefan Heinrich

Worthersee Piraten - Gussing Knights 77:69 (42:34)

Worthersee: Selmir Husanovic (200-F-78) 27+7 rebounds, Rasid Mahalbasic (203-F-90) 17+9 rebounds+5 blocks, Kuttnig 10, Buggelsheim 10+7 rebounds+5 assists, Gavran 8, Weber
Gussing: Jason Chappell (208-F/C-83, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Wisconsin) 24+13 rebounds+4 assists, Ajay Calvin (196-F-85, college: Drake) 18, Knor 12, Mullner 6, Trager 4, Jandrasits 3, Unger 2


UBSC Graz - BasketClubs Vienna 89:87 (48:41)

Graz: Brandon Powell (190-G) 35, Nicholas Rhodes (206-C-84, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Idaho St.) 15+25(!) rebounds, Lincoln Smith (208-F/C-81, college: Mississippi St.) 15+3 blocks, Kanlic 13, Galle 6, Lanegger 5
Vienna: Matthias Dockner (204-F/C-84) 27+12 rebounds, Philipp Seel (193-G/F-85) 22, Laska 20, Pinterits 10, Mullner 5, Bock 3



ÍBL H1 Round 9 -by Bernd Maurer

Kapfenberg Bulls - Oberwart Gunners 67:80 (43:64, 26:44, 13:23)

Without Suljanovic the Bulls had no chance! New entrant Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) was second best scorer, but shot only 23%!

Bulls: Shawn Ray (193-F-80, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: N.C.Central) 23, Kevin Nelson 10, Samuel Knabl (204-C/F-82), Corey Hallett (208-F/C-84, college: Monmouth) je 9
Gunners: Jay Youngblood (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) 20, Jason Kevin Johnson (201-F, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) (202-F/C-77, college: Tennessee St.) 15, Marko Moric (207-F-81, agency: World Sport Agency), Adam Boone (190-G-81, college: Minnesota) je 10


Allianz Swans Gmunden - Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions 92:79 (61:66, 45:43, 25:17)

Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) was the difference!

Swans: Deteri Mayes 36, Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) 24, Kevin Johnson 13
Lions: Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances), Dmitri Paliashchuk (196-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) je 18, Dragan Zekovic (210-F-87, agency: Interperformances) 13


Raiffeisen Panthers Furstenfeld - UBC St. Polten 90:63 (72:39, 46:28, 29:18)

An easy win for Furstenfeld. St. Polten had no chance!

Panthers: Shelton Colwell (202-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri St.) 21, Samo Grum (194-G/F-79, agency: VTBM/SRBM) 20, Mike Fraser (203-C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma Baptist) 16
UBC: Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84, agency: Interperformances) 19, Heinz Kugerl (209-C-86) 18, Christian Kollik (203-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Rice) 12


The last game of round 9 will be tomorrow @ 19.30: Klosterneuburg Dukes vs. WBC Wels



Round 30 -by Stefan Heinrich
WBC Kraftwerk Wels - Oberwart Gunners 76:72 (37:36)

Wels: Elijah Palmer (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Duquesne) 16, Woschank 16, Pargfrieder 10, Davis 9, Anderson 8, Archibald 7, Klette 6, Stanek 4
Oberwart: Jay Youngblood (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Kent St.) 22, Ochsenhofer 14, Johnson 13, Moric 10, Crawford 9, Boone 4


Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg - Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions 99:95 (63:49)

Klosterneuburg: Calvin Watson (196-G-85, college: N.Texas) 24, Wright 15, Diwald 14, Martin 14+13 rebounds, Creddle 10, Sallomon 8, Nagler 6, Gartner 5, Hamidovic 3
Traiskirchen: Nemanja Bjelica, agency: Interperformances) 25+10 rebounds, Milosevic 20, Paliashchuk 12, Lamesic 12, Rhynes 8, Danek 8, Nicoara 4, Geisler 3, Vickery 3


Kapfenberg Bulls - UBC St. Polten 85:78 (44:39)

Kapfenberg: Shawn Ray (193-F-80, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: N.C.Central) 27, Suljanovic 16+10 rebounds, Hall 14, Forrestal 10, Zeleznik 6, Knabl 4, Lanegger 4, Hallett 4
St. Polten: Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84, agency: Interperformances) 21, Schreiner 19, Speiser 17, Kollik 12, Kugerl 4, Kerschbaummayr 3, Bock 3


Furstenfeld Panthers - Allianz Swans Gmunden 82:78 (36:43)

Furstenfeld: Samo Grum (194-G/F-79, agency: VTBM/SRBM) 17, Goljovic 15, Colwell 15, Fraser 13, Shavies 12+10 assists, Ocokoljic 4, Dale 4, Hensly 2
Gmunden: Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) 30, Johnson 11, Boylan 11, Mayer 10, Schoninger 8, Sullivan 4, Hutter 2, Stelzer 2


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BARBADOS

Moore grabs season high 19 boards as Cavs down Lakers -by Justin Marville
With swingman Adrian Stewart watching from the side and national shooting guard Zahir Motara having one of his worst shooting performances in recent memory, the Lumber Company Lakers suffered quite possibly their worst fourth quarter performance in the club's Premier League history.

Led by national forward Junior Moore's season high 19 boards and 13 points, the Station Hill Cavaliers (3-1) held the reigning double crowned champs to just eight fourth quarter points, earning a hard fought 62-55 victory in the Sprite/BOA Premier League at the Barbados Community College on Saturday night.

After hitting his first shot attempt of the night, Motara, who has started the season in a horrid shooting slump, missed the next 16 from the field including all four tries in the fourth quarter to lead a woeful three of 23 outing for the Lakers (2-2) in the game's final period.

Station Hill did not fare much better from the field in the fourth either but the Cavs capitalised on the seven offensive boards they grabbed in the period, resulting in several second chance points for last season's losing league finalists as they never trailed in the quarter after leading 52-47 at the end of the third.

The outcome might have been different if not for Stewart, the Lakers' leading scorer this season, being forced to the bench in the third quarter after picking up an injury to his right leg.

At that time the veteran swingman had scored an efficient 12 points but was then obliged to endure something more painful than his ailing limb; a front row view of his team's dreadful fourth quarter performance.

Starting Cavaliers point guard Errol Pollard was the only other Station Hill player in double digits, finishing his solid effort on the night with 10 points, five assists and three steals while his Lakers counterpart Derek Browne had 14 points.

Last season's Most Improved Player Keefe Birkett scored a career best 31 points, leading four other team-mates in double digits as the Sagicor Tridents whipped British American Insurance Jackson 113-76 in the night's first game.

The rout was on from as early as the first quarter, with the school boys exploding for 31 first quarter points on their way to a season high 64 point first half effort, leading by as many as 26 points before the half-time intermission.

The Tridents have now registered their third successive victory after dropping their first game of the season while Jackson has yet to record a win in four tries.

National forward Akeem Marsh had his second double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 boards, Stefan Clarke added a further 20 points while Stefan Yarde and Jamar King chipped in with 14 and 11 points respectively in the win.

For Jackson, Kirk Porte top scored with 22 points, Javid Beckles netted 20 and Ricardo Boyce finished with 12 points.


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BELARUS

Standings - Premier League
Premier L. Group A Standings
1. Vitalyur 32-6
2. Minsk-2006 26-12
3. OZAA Osip. 25-13
4. Grodno-93 24-14
5. Temp-OSHVSM 17-21
6. Lokomotiv 12-26
7. Sozh Gomel 8-30
8. BNTU 8-30


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BELIZE

Univeristy of Belize Number One in Central America!!! -by David Magana
The University of Belize gave the nation a taste of glory after defeating the hosting team, the University of Costa Rica in their home turf by a score of 57 - 55. UB and UCR battled from the beginning to the end to win the final game of the Central American University Games in this discipline. This is a big accoplishment for the UB boys since this medal means; they are the number one seed in the whole of the Central American Istmus!!! This dramatic win was thanks to their team effort, dedication and the UB sport program in general. The guys showed class, sportsmanship and gained respect from all the other participating teams. The team had to row against the current in the second half after finishing the first half with a deficit of 11 pts. It wasn't until late into the 4th quarter that the UB squad took the lead which they never let go untill the final whistle. Stephen Williams (188-G-83) led us again with 25pts and 12 rbs, Travis Lennan had 13pts, and 10 rbs while Lennox Bowman (180-G) had 10 pts and 4 steals. The euphoria, joy and taste of victory of our guys will be a memorable one for they have made history in becoming the first Belizeans to win at a univeristy level in basketball. Congratulation guys for a job well done!!!

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BOSNIA

Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
1. Bosna S. 19-2
2. Sloboda Dita 17-5
3. Igokea 14-7
4. Grude 13-8
5. Slavija 11-10
6. Borac Nektar 11-10
7. Zrinjski MC 10-11
8. Posusje 10-12
9. Zenica Celik 9-12
10. Hercegovac 8-13
11. Capljina 7-14
12. Leotar 7-15
13. Vogosca 2-19
Will join on later stage:
1. Siroki -


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BRAZIL

Standings - BNL
BNL Standings
1. Flamengo 13-0
2. Minas 11-3
3. Universo/BRB 9-4
4. Joinville 9-6
5. Saldanha 8-5
6. Uberlandia 7-7
7. Univates 6-9
8. Ulbra 5-4
9. CETAF 5-9
10. FTC EAD 4-9
11. Londrina 4-11
12. Iguacu 0-14


Ulbra, Pitagoras, Universo, Flamengo, Uberlandia and FTC EAD won their games in Nacional Masculino.- -by Ed Goodman
Ulbra won over Iguazu 79-59, Minas over Cetaf Garoto 94-70, Universo defeated Joinville 83-81, Flamengo still undefeated over Londrina 95-61, Uberlandia over Saldanha da Gama 79-69 and FTC EAD over Univates Bira 84-69. Marcelinho with 25.6 Points and 27.6 Efficiency , Sucatzky 11.2 Assistances, Shilton 11.1 Rebounds, Valtinho 37.33 Minutes in the court are the leaders of those departments in the league.

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CANADA

Acadia and Brock advance to CIS Final -by Eurobasket News
The Brock Badgers and the Acadia Axemen beat the odds and qualified for the CIS Championship main event. They will clash in the CIS Final today at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.
The Brock Badgers met with their OUA West Division rivals Western Ontario in the first CIS semifinal yesterday. The Mustangs were stronger in this season's OUA West Final but the Badgers took revenge with an impressive 85:75 victory that lifted them into the National Final. It would be the first final for the Badgers since 1992. Owen White (201-F-80) burst out with career-high 24 points and 14 boards to pace Brock to a win. Western got to a better start thanks to an outstanding performance from Bradley Smith (198-F). He notched 15 points in the opening frame and allowed the Mustangs accumulate a 20:18 lead. But Brock used a 12:2 run late in the second period to jump to a 35:29 advantage at halftime. Western Ontario regained the lead with 7 unanswered points at the start of the third frame. It was a seesaw game from now on with neither side able to build a decisive cushion. Brock drained three treys in a row midway through the final term and opened up a 10-point lead. The Mustangs never recovered and lost the battle. Brad Rootes (178-G-84) added 17 points, while Rohan Steen (188-G) had 14 points for the winners. Bradley Smith finished with 24 points for Western. Andrew Wedemire (196-G/F) chipped in 15 points in defeat.
The Acadia Axemen snapped an impressive winning run of the top-ranked Carleton Ravens beating them 82:80 in the dramatic two overtime affair at the Scotiabank Place yesterday. The top-seeded Ravens were en route to their 6th straight McGee Trophy before the Axemen cut the flight short. The Axemen entered the CIS quarterfinal stage as 'wildcard' team but proved they should be taken into seriously. After beating Laval in the quarterfinal the Axemen faced a real test against the Nation's most dangerous opponent. Stuart Turnbull (188-G-84) had a chance to decide on the outcome at the end of regulation but his three-pointer went off mark. Things never changed in the extra period as the game remained dogged close but it was once again about Carleton to pull away with a victory. But the Ravens wasted the last possession of the first extra period and sent the game into the second overtime. Peter Leighton (183-G-87) scored 6 points in it and brought the Axemen to a historic win. Leighton chipped 23 points to lead the Axemen. Leonel Saintil (196-F) had 22 points and 9 boards in a win. Ryan Bell (193-G-84) and Stuart Turnbull replied with 18 points apiece for the Ravens.


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CROATIA

Standings - Ozujsko A1 League
A1 Standings
1. Sibenka 14-4
2. Cedevita 14-4
3. Dubrava 11-7
4. Slavonski Brod 11-7
5. Zabok 9-9
6. Borik 8-10
7. Kvarner NR 7-11
8. Alkar Sinj 7-11
9. Dubrovnik 6-12
10. Osijek 2006 3-15
11. KK Split -
12. KK Zagreb -
13. Cibona -
14. Zadar -


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CYPRUS

Keravnos Strovolou qualified in the Finals while Apoel and Ael will play a 3rd game. -by Chris Mammides

Keravnos Strovolou beat Hasapis Omonoia with 55-53 and qualified in the finals, the Strovolos yellows will play against the winner of the fifth and most crucial game between Apoel and Ael.
AEL beat Apoel in the fourth game 78-63 and will play the fifth game in this best of three series in Nicosia, Lefkotheo court, tomorrow. The quarters were: 26-19, 49-37, 71-49, 78-63. The top performer and MVP of the game was once more the Serbian Super Star of the Limassol team, Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82) who scored 18 points. It is worth mentioned that the American guard of Aspis Apoel, Wheeller didn's play to an injury suffered the previous day in the training.
The points for the two teams were:
AEL: Liatsos 7, Aleksic 18, Ryan Randle (206-F-81, college: Maryland) 13, Perentos 2, Buziane 9, Zianveni 7, Zavoruev 8, Woodward 6 and Souchu 8 (2).
APOEL: Van Dorpe 2, Hansen 9, Serdaris 8, Miceta 9, Jones 8, Lopatka 2, Radunovic 7, Pantouris 3, Joseph Garcia (206-C-75, college: UTEP) 12 and Sokratous 3

In the fourth game between Hasapis Omonoia and Keravnos we had the first team to qualify in the finals, the road win of the Strovolos team with the 'pure' result of 53-55 was enough for Keravnos to avoid the fifth game of this series.

The quarters were: 12-12, 25-32, 38-39, 53-55

The scores for the two teams were:

Hasapis Omonoia: Sasa Mijajlovic (211-C-80, college: Hutchinson JC) 15, Davis 7, Juknevicius 2, Zaric 5, Fawlkes 2, Dorde Prstojevic (191-G-77) 14 and Stone 8.

Keravnos Strovolou: Pilavas 3, Stefanovic 7, Anastasiadis 8, Bryant Smith (196-G/F-77, college: Auburn) 14, Damjanovic 2, Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76, college: Barton County CC) 10.



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CZECH REP.

Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
1. Nymburk 34-1
2. Geofin 27-8
3. Prostejov 26-9
4. Pardubice 22-13
5. Decin 20-15
6. Ostrava 17-18
7. A Plus B. 16-19
8. Sadska 14-21
9. USK Praha 12-23
10. Liberec 11-24
11. Kolin 8-27
12. Usti n/Labem 3-32


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EGYPT

Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
1. Al Ittihad 18-2
2. Sporting 16-4
3. Gezira 16-4
4. Zamalek 15-5
5. Ahly 15-5
6. Somouha 11-9
7. Shams 8-12
8. Geish Army 6-14
9. Gazco 6-14
10. Shorta-Police 5-15
11. Eastern Co. 4-16
12. Damenhor 0-20


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EL SALVADOR

National League: San Marcos triumphs. -by Jaime Arevalo
In the Final of Zona Premier, Cosmos-2 tied the series defeating Santa Ana 87-81. The main player in Cosmos-2 was Hugo Salazar (189-F-81), who scored 23 points, while Marco Tejada (193-F/C) led one time more Santa Ana with 20 pts. The decisive Game 3 will be played next weekend. The Final of Zona Nacional, instead, has yet ended: San Marcos defeated again ITEXASL, this time 85-66, becoming the 2008 champion of this division. Hondureans William Waterhouse (201-C-75) and Rony Palacios (190-G-77) were again the best, together with domestic players Cesar Elias and super teenager Guillermo Ochoa (190-F-93). Thanks to this win, San Marcos will play the next edition of National League in Zona Premier.

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FINLAND

1.DIV.: Antti Kanervo scored 64 pts -by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Div. Round 26 (last round): The season is over on the second highest level. The winner FoKoPo (Forssa) goes straight up to Top League (Korisliiga).
# 2 Team Korikobrat (Lapua) will qualify with # 11 Team from Top League. Pantterit (Helsinki) falls to II-division. Visa-Basket (Helsinki) will qualify.
The last round (26) results: BC Jyvaskyla - Visa-Basket 145-80 (74-33) (Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) 64 (1 - 4/5, 2 - 9/15, 3 - 14/18) - Antti Raami 25/17).
Ura-Basket - RU 75-74 (41-46) (John Smith 13 - Vesa Linturi 25). Vilpas - PuHu 65-74 (41-39) (Tyler McGinn 17/10 - Antto Nikkarinen 18).
Huima - Lapua 97-99 (56-41) (Reijo Ojanen 21 - Kyle Carhart 22/10). BC Nokia - Honka (Tapiola) 99-98 (54-49) (DeWayne Richardson 29 - Ije Nwankwo 37/21).
Pantterit - YMCA Turku OT 68-77 (63)(38-37) (Charlie Frierson 22 - Arto Talvitie 24).


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
1. FoKoPo 24-2
2. Lapua 23-3
3. Nokia 20-6
4. PuHu 19-7
5. TuNMKY 14-12
6. Jyvaskyla 13-13
7. Salon Vilpas 12-14
8. Huima 11-15
9. Kaarinan Ura 10-16
10. RU 9-17
11. HNMKY 9-17
12. Tapiolan H. 8-18
13. Visa Basket 5-21
14. Pantterit 5-21


Stats Leaders - Division I
1.Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Bennett, Ura 37,2
2 Scott, PuHu 29,2
3 Bojang, Lapua 25,4
4 Clark, FoKoPo 23,5
5 McGinn, Vilpas 22,2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Bojang, Lapua 15,8
2 Housman, Vilpas 13,7
3 Jones, HNMKY 12,5
4 C.Smith, FoKoPo 12,0
5 J.Smith, Ura 11,6
Assists Per Game
1 Conerly, FoKoPo 5,9
2 Riihela, BC Nokia 4,4
3 Bennett, Ura 3,4
4 Jarvinen, Vilpas 3,3
5 Carhart, Lapua 3,2


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GERMANY

1. Regionalliga West News -by Daniel Poerschke

The season in the 1. Regionalliga West ended yesterday and SVD Dortmund is the new champion. The Grevenbroich Elephants came in second, while the Schwelmer Baskets finished in third place. The coming weeks will decide, which of the three teams will move up to the 2. Bundesliga Pro B.

1. Regionalliga West 1st Team

Gary Johnson (188-G-82, college: Cent.Florida) Dortmund
Parrish Brown (185-G, college: Maryland) Bochum
Matthew Reid (185-G-84, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Cameron) Schwelm
Frank Benson (196-F, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Oklahoma Baptist) Dortmund
Keith Harris (196-G/F-85, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Oklahoma Christian) Schwelm

1. Regionalliga West 2nd Team

Brian Graves (188-G, college: Catawba) Grevenbroich
Brad Shove (183-G, college: St.Rose (NY)) Monchengladbach
Isaac Jefferson (196-G/F-81, college: Hampton) BG Hagen
Chris Wright (201-F, agency: Scorers1st Sportmanagement, college: University of Calgary) BBV Hagen
Mario Brown (201-F-84, college: Jacksonville) Bergheim





Standings - 2. Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
ProA
1. Cuxhaven 42-8
2. Noerdlingen 40-10
3. K'lautern 38-12
4. Rhoendorf 36-14
5. MBC 34-16
6. Karlsruhe 32-18
7. Hagen 28-22
8. Bayreuth 22-28
9. Langen 20-30
10. Heidelberg 18-32
11. Duesseldorf 18-32
12. Lich 18-32
13. Bremen 18-32
14. Schalke 16-34
15. Chemnitz 14-36
16. Nuernberg 6-44
ProB
1. Essen 40-10
2. Freiburg 38-12
3. Kirchheim 38-12
4. Muenchen 38-12
5. Crailsheim 36-14
6. Ehingen 30-20
7. Herten 28-22
8. Stahnsdorf 24-24
9. Braunschweig 24-26
10. B'guessbach 24-26
11. Wolfenbuettel 16-34
12. Speyer 16-36
13. Lichterfelde 14-36
14. Ansbach 12-38
15. Bielefeld 12-38
16. Iserlohn 10-40


Thomas Tripp joins MBC -by Daniel Poerschke
Former german junior national player Thomas Tripp (197-F/G-78, college: Blinn JC) is now a member of the Mitteldeutscher BC in the 2. Bundesliga Pro A. He was registered already before the signing deadline in February and scored 2 points in his debut today versus Nordlingen, a 76:62 loss. Tripp played last year for Nordlingen and averaged 11.7ppg and 4.0rpg.

Bundesliga Game Day 24: Weekend Results March 14-16th! -by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 24 tipped off Friday night March 14th with Ewe Baskets Oldenburg earning an impressive 83-63 home win over league leading Artland Dragons and the exciting results continued into the weekend with a 94-90 NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig overtime road win in JAKO Arena over brose Baskets Bamberg and a tight 100-99 overtime road win for ALBA Berlin at Trier.

Friday March 14th
Bayer Leverkusen 95 Telekom Baskets Bonn 74
Brant Bailey scored 27pt and Rans Brempong went for an 18pt 12reb double double leading Bayer Leverkusen to a 95-74 home win over Telekom Baskets Bonn Friday night at historic Wilhelm Dopatka Halle in Leverkusen. Head Coach Achim Kuczmann and his team burst to a 26-18 1Q lead and held a 50-33 advantage at half. Leverkusen put the game away with a 26-19 3Q before they cruised to the win. Brendan Winters added 15pt on 6 for 8 floor shooting. The Leverkusen win was impressive after the loss of All Star forward Nate Fox. Ronnie Burrell and Moussa Diagne shared topscoring honors for Bonn with 14pt apiece. Leverkusen shot a sizzling 60% from the floor and 57% (11-19) from three while holding Bonn to 39%. Leverkusen outrebounded Bonn 46-26. Leverkusen upped their record to 19-5 while Bonn dropped to 15-9.

Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 83 Artland Dragons 63
Branimir Longin scored 26pt leading Ewe Baskets Oldenburg to an impressive 83-63 home win over Artland Dragons Friday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. Head Coach Predrag Krunic and his team started strong with a 30-14 1Q and held a 41-27 lead at half. Rickey Paulding added 15pt, Jason Gardner 13pt 6ast and Jasmin Perkovic chipped in 10pt 5reb. Adam Chubb led the Dragons attack with 18pt while Leon Rodgers 17pt 6reb. Oldenburg shot 53% while Artland hit 41% and the Thunderbirds outrebounded Artland 35-26 in the win. Oldenburg improved to 15-10 while Artland slipped to 19-5.

Saturday March 15th
NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 94 brose Baskets Bamberg 90 (OT)
NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig put 5 players in double figures and shot 67% from three (14 of 21) in earning an excellent 94-90 overtime road win Saturday night over brose Baskets Bamberg at JAKO Arena. Bamberg held a 22-15 after 1Q but a strong Braunschweig 2Q gave the Phantoms a 39-36 lead at half. Bamberg took a 59-56 lead into the 4th but the teams finished regulation even at 76. In the exciting overtime period, Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and his Phantoms earned the win outscoring Bamberg 18-14. Andrew Drevo led Braunschweig scoring with 21pt on 5 of 7 3pt accuracy followed by Steven Wright who hit a perfect 7 for 7 and 3 for 3 from three to add18pt in the win. John Allen added 17pt on 4 of 6 threes while Jason Cain scored 13pt and Kyle Visser 11 for Braunschweig. Ademola Okulaja led Bamberg with 24pt while Steffen Hamann added 23pt. With the win, Braunschweig improved to 13-11 and moved into the 8th playoff spot while Bamberg dropped their second straight game falling to 16-8.

ALBA Berlin 100 TBB Trier 99 (OT)
ALBA Berlin put 6 playes in double figures and survived a determined Trier effort in an exciting 100-99 overtime road win at Trier Arena. The game was tight throughout as Trier took a 24-23 lead after 1Q which was matched by Berlin to leave halftime even at 47. After an even second half, regulation ended tied at 89. Julius Jenkins led ALBA with 24pt, Patrick Femerling 17pt, Goran Nikolic 14pt while Bobby Brown, DiJon Thompson and Immanuel McElroy had 10pt apiece. Caleb Green led Trier with 26pt 9reb 4ast, Marshall Phillips added 17pt 5reb and Mike Benton 16pt 7 boards in the loss. Head Coach Luka Pavicevic and Berlin shot 58% from the floor and sank 30 of 39 from the foul line (76%) while outrebounded Trier 32-30 in the win. Trier hit 53% and nailed an impressive 59% from three (13-22). ALBA moved up to 19-6 while Trier slipped to 5-19.

ratiopharm Ulm 84 Koln 99ers 61
After upsetting ALBA Berlin last weekend, ratiopharm Ulm topped Koln 99ers 84-61 Saturday night at Sportszentrum Kuhberg in Ulm. In a strong team performance, Sean Finn led Ulm scoring with 13pt 8reb, Dru Joyce added 12pt and Bundesliga season best 13 assists while Bryan Lucas and Konrad Wysocki finished with 11pt apiece. Recently signed, F Romeo Travis scored 7pt 3reb 2ast in his Ulm debut. ratiopharm Ulm used a 27-7 2Q to take control of the game and build a 40-23 halftime advantage. Ulm shot 50% from the floor, sank 11 of 27 from three (40%), outrebounded Koln 40-37 and dished out 20 ast as a team. Milko Bjelica (14pt 7reb) and Derek Raivio (14pt) were strong for the 99ers. Ulm upped their record to 11-14 while Koln evened at 12-12.

digibu Baskets Paderborn 93 EnBW Ludwigsburg 71
Greg Jenkins scored 21pt 12reb and Tim Black added 16pt 5ast in leading digibu Baskets Paderborn to a strong 93-71 home win over EnBW Ludwigsburg Saturday night in Paderborn. In a 20-11 2Q Paderborn took a 41-31 halftime lead but their 34-19 3Q explosion broke the game open. Head Coach Doug Spradley saw his team shot a sizzling 61% from the floor, distribute 19ast and outrebound Ludwigsburg 34-29. Paderborn made a near perfect 18 of 20 shots in the paint in the win. Steven Esterkamp chipped in 14pt and Nathan Peavy 12 for Paderborn. Ronald Ross led Ludwigsburg with 17pt 6reb. Paderborn improved to 10-14 while Ludwigsburg evened at 12-12.

Science City Jena 79 LTi Giessen 46ers 68
Science City Jena earned their 3rd win of the season and first under new head coach Sean McCaw as they earned an important 79-68 home win over LTi Giessen 46ers Saturday night in Jena. The hosts took command early with a 28-18 1Q and held a 46-37 halftime lead. A low scoring 13-8 3Q for Jena sent the game at 59-45 heading into the 4th. Jena shot 44% to Giessen's 35% as a key to the win. Lavelle Felton topscored for Jena with 18pt followed by 17pt 8reb from Jason Miller and 12pt 14reb from Mark Davis. Gerrit Terdenge paced Giessen with 18pt 8reb and Michael Umeh added 13 in the loss. Jena is now 3-21 while Giessen falls to 6-18.

Sunday March 16th
Deutsche Bank Skyliners 69 Walter Tigers Tubingen 54
Deutsche Bank Skyliners 18-5 2Q keyed their 69-54 home win over Walter Tigers Tubingen Sunday afternoon at Ballsporthalle in Frankfurt. All Star forward Derrick Allen produced 21pt 9reb and Ilian Evtimov added 14pt 9 boards. Off the bench, Domonic Bahiense de Mello drilled 3 of 5 threes to contribute 13pt to the win. Frankfurt took a 38-20 halftime lead and earned the win behind strong defense. Skyliners shot 40% from the floor and held Tubingen to 33% from the floor. The Tigers outrebounded the Skyliners 44-33. Jermaine Anderson led Tubingen scoring with 14pt followed by Bingo Merriex 13pt 8reb and Rasko Katic 11pt 12reb. Head Coach Murat Didin and his Skyliners improved to 14-11 while Tubingen dropped to 7-17.

Eisbaren Bremerhaven 91 BG74 Gottingen 78
Brian Brown scored 23pt leading Eisbaren Bremerhaven to a 91-78 home win over BG74 Gottingen Sunday night in Bremerhaven. Shown live on BBL.TV, Bremerhaven powered to a 21-12 1Q before a strong Gottingen comeback in the 2Q cut the lead to 39-35 at half. Eisbaren edged ahead 50-51 after 3. In a highscoring finish, Bremerhaven outscored Gottingen 32-27 in the 4th. Matt Haryasz added 18pt 12reb with help from 16pt from Zygimantas Jonusas and 15pt from Ivars Timermanis. Gottingen guards Jeb Ivey (20pt 4 for 8 threes) and Darren Brooks (18pt) led the guest production. Bremerhaven shot 48% from the floor while Gottingen hit 38% from the floor. Bremerhaven made 34 of 39 FT (87%) while Gottingen made only 9 of 21 (42%) FT. Head Coach Sarunas Sakalauskas and his team evened at 12-12 while Gottingen slipped to 10-14.


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GREECE

B' Division: Match Day 22 - Results and Scorers -by Chris Mammides
The Day of the Big Scores and the Great Scorers.
The 22nd week was amazing as two games needed the overtime to judge the final winner and another 5 games finished with less than 8 points difference. The 22nd week was also the week of the great scorers as Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74), Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77), Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82), Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-F-79) and Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) were in great scoring mood.
Amyntas - Olympiakos Volou 109-62
Quarters: 27-18, 51-35, 80-51, 109-62
Amyntas : Zoupas 7, Barbas 5, Samothrakis 11, Grammatkos 19, Boutros 8, Kaloudis 3, Dorkofikis 10, Korizis 3, Vogiatzis 21, Christofakis 8, Vathrakokilis 3, Zogopoulos 3.
Olympiakos Volou: Tsourelis 21, Fountas 2, Nanis 18, Arnaoutakis 2, Politis 3, Tsolis 16, Michos 6

Alimos - Goumenisa 84-92
Quarters: 18-22, 35-39, 59-65, 84-92
Alimos: Tsolakis 23, Ilias Vrinas 19, Bourousis 5, Kallimanas 8, Tzougarakis 21, St. Vrynas 8.
Goumenisa: Bagi 5, Imeridis 9, Matenidis 20, Achilleas Klepkos (206-C-78) 28, Andreadis 9, Antoniadis 21

Anagennisi / Floga - Ermis Lagkada 74-74 in OT 90-86
Quarters: 27-24, 41-36, 59-51, 74-74 and in OT 90-86
Anagennisi / Floga: Rozolis 2, Moisiadis 17, Galanidis 14, Pittakas 11, Sidiropoulos 12, Thymnios 3, Zarogiannis 20, Spiropoulos 12, Pallis 11
Ermis Lagkada: Troulialis 3, Kloutzos 15, Paritsis 9, Bellos 8, Vourlitis 2, Siolios 10, Gamouras 7, Akepsimaidis 6, Tasos Dimitriadis 26

Komotini - Milonas 84-80
Quarters: 12-15, 35-34, 62-53, 84-80
Komotini: Mastrokostopoulos 8, Mouratoglou 6, Dinas 17, Koutsovasilis 13, Tsakonitis 2, Holevas 7, Veli 14, Souflias 11, Mouzakitis 3 (1).
Milonas: Ventouris 11, Mubarak 11, Vlavianos 13, Kiritsis 19, Bourazanis 7, Efstratiou 1, Bikas 11, Ballas 7

Lavrio - KAOD 87-83
Quarters: 31-16, 46-39, 67-52, 87-83
Lavrio: Trikaliotis 11, Rallis 18, Kousoulas 9, Dionysios Giannakopoulos 27, Notis 2, Bakas 4, Psileas 16.
KAOD: Bourdanos 13, Papadopoulos 1, Kiosses 3, Giorgos Filiousis 30, Michaelidis 10, Maslarinos 3, Koukouravas 5, Daliaris 8.

Near East- Ikaroi Serron 87-87 in OT 100-97
Quarters: 20-23, 40-43, 63-68, 87-87, 100-97 OT.
Near East: Nikou 12, Michalos 8, Likogiannis 9, Kouklakis 16, Papoulidis 4, Neofytou 12, Gavanopoulos 10, Sizopoulos 6, Papargiropoulos 16, Stamatis 5.
Ikaroi Serron: Konstantinos Pehlivanis 30 (7), Sdrakas 16, Georgantzas 2, Giavropoulos 4, Tsanakas 6, Papoudas 10, Asimakis 23, Topouzis 6.

Ikaros Kallitheas - Doukas 80-77
Quarters: 24-21, 43-48, 57-63, 80-77
Ikaros Kallitheas: Martzos 2, Georgiou 9, Delichristos 4, Emmanouilidis 24, Papadakis 11, Katranas 2, Karastamatis 8, Katoufas 20
Doukas: Tsohlas 13, Kamariotis 23, Petrakis 16, Kritsalos 2, Matzioris 13, Birdas 5, Panourias 2, Karatzios 3 .

Aigio - Makedonikos 103-93
Quarters: 22-27, 43-48, 79-68, 103-93
Aigio: Dimitris Prokos 41 (5), Gioupis 4, Kolliopoulos 4, Stamopoulos 12, Tirlas 18, Deraos 8, Manolas 4, Stavroulakis 10 and Liggos 2.
Makedonikos: Bohoridis 17, Dalpas 9, Tanakidis 16, Kalthopoulis 3, Mitsakis 20, Kogias 4, Buindas 6, Samourelis 18

Top scorers after 22 weeks:
Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74) of Aigio 482 points
Nick Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio 390 points
Panagiotis Tsolis (194-F-81) of Olympiakos Volou 370 points (in 21 games)
Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) of Olympiakos Volou 374 points (in 20 games)
Giorgos Tirlas (198-F-80) of Aigio 350 points
Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-G-79) of Ikaroi Serron 316 points
Giorgos Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) of KAOD 305 points
Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) of Ermis Lagkada 292 points (in 21 games)
Kostas Dinas (189-G/F-80) of Komotini 292 points
Michalis Tanakidis (190-G-81) of Makedonikos 288 points
Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) of Ikaros Kallitheas 285 points
Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) of Ermis Lagkada 266 points
Tassos Baggi (187-G-75) of Goumenissa 262 points
Theologos Vlavianos (196-G-86) of Milonas 248 points
Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) of Lavrio 246 points
Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) of Near East 240 points
Nikos Moisiadis (180-G-80) of Anagennisi Floga 233 points
Mihalis Ifantis (204-F-72) of Alimos 219 points (in 21 games)
Nikos Kritsalos (192-G-77) of Doukas 217 points
Dimitris Karatzios (202-F-78) of Doukas 189 points (in 18 games)
Achilleas Klepkos (206-C-78) of Alimos 188 points


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
1. Panathin. 18-2
2. Olympiak. 17-3
3. Aris 14-6
4. Panellinios 12-8
5. Panionios 11-9
6. Egaleo 11-9
7. AEK 9-11
8. AEL 9-11
9. Maroussi 9-11
10. PAOK 8-12
11. Olimpia L. 7-13
12. Rethimno 6-14
13. Kolossos 6-14
14. Olimpiada P. 3-17


Standings - B-C leagues
B Standings
B Division
1. Near East 17-5
2. Ikaros K. 16-6
3. Komotini 15-7
4. Aigio Helesi 15-7
5. KAOD 14-8
6. Lavrio 14-8
7. Anagennisi 14-8
8. Amyntas 13-9
9. Ikaroi Serron 13-9
10. Ermis L. 13-9
11. Doukas 10-12
12. Goumenissa 9-13
13. Alimos 5-17
14. Makedonikos 5-17
15. Milonas 2-20
16. Olympiakos V. 1-21
C North - Group 1
1. AIAS Evosmou 18-3
2. Arhelaos 17-4
3. Aiginiakos 14-7
4. Filippos V. 14-7
5. Niki Volou 12-9
6. Argos Orestiko 12-9
7. HANTH 11-10
8. Galaxias 10-11
9. Proteas G. 9-12
10. Foinikas 9-13
11. Siatista 8-13
12. Ionas Volou 7-14
13. Ifestos T. 4-17
14. Megas Al. 3-18
C North - Group 2
1. Apollon K. 19-2
2. Stratoni 18-3
3. Enosi Kavalas 17-4
4. Mantoulidis 15-6
5. Halkidona 14-7
6. Eleftheroupoli 13-8
7. Makabi 11-10
8. M.Alexandros 11-10
9. Ionikos Ionias 9-12
10. Thermaikos 6-15
11. Komotinis 5-16
12. VAO 5-16
13. Arion Xanthis 4-17
14. Nikiti H. 0-16
C South - Group 1
1. Gyziakos 18-3
2. Arkadikos 17-3
3. Kronos l. 15-6
4. Agia Paras. 14-6
5. KAO Palaimon 13-8
6. Peiraikos 12-8
7. AEK/Pegasus 12-9
8. Kefallonias 11-9
9. Doxa Lefkadas 9-12
10. Apolloniada 9-12
11. Papagou 5-15
12. AEM Polyvios 3-17
13. EA Patron 3-17
14. Messinis 2-18
C South - Group 2
1. OFI 18-2
2. Ierapetra 17-4
3. Panelefsiniakos 15-6
4. Filathlitikos 14-7
5. Zografou 14-7
6. Kronos AD 12-9
7. Ionikos Nikaias 10-10
8. Arditos 10-10
9. Ionikos N.F. 9-11
10. Aris Nikaias 9-12
11. Apollon Sm. 7-14
12. Ermis S. 5-15
13. Diagoras 2-18
14. Halkida 2-19


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GUATEMALA

Sat Cybertec wins Game 2 and steals First Place of Group B from Icevic -by Victor Padilla
In a solid team performance at Tegucigalpa and after leading by 11 points since the 2nd Quarter of Game 2, Sat Cybertec delivered an 86-68 victory over Icevic and ended Round 1 of Liga Centroamericana 2008 at the top position of Group B. The scorers for the winners, Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) 25, Thomas Gillespie 16, Oscar Rivera 14, Ricardo Amaya 11 and Victor Padilla 9, outran the locals with an effective game that exploted both the paint and the outside perimeter play, while holding scorers Pedro Salazar and James Parker from Icevic to 10 points each, well under their usual production and numbers. Coach Ernesto Rodriguez from Sat Cybertec shared: -'This proves that we can do things well when we do our homework for this kind of games. Our goal is to reach the final stage of this competition, with confidence in the quality of players and the gameplay that we have'. With this win, Sat Cybertec shows a strong candidate to represent Group B in the Final Four of this League, which is presumed to take place in Cancun, Mexico, later this year.

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Hanzevast Capitals: Again financial problems -by Fred Roggen
Last week becomes clear that the Hanzevast Capitals Groningen have again financial problems, it concerns a small amount of 100.000 euro. The club hopes to get rid of this by contributions of some sponsors.
Furthermore the Capitals have still a conflict with a clothing-sponsor, this concerns an amount of 35.000 euro.
Finally the Dutch Tax Authorities also wants to see still money of the Capitals. According to the club it concerns an amount of 150.000 euro.
Earlier this season the Capitals worked away a shortage of 150.000 euro by economising the club and with contributions of some sponsors.

The budget for the coming season is in any case 1.3 million euro. This amount has been entirely covered.


Matrixx Magixx Win In Comeback Over Rotterdam Challengers, Steyn Winner On Last Second Tip-In -by Sanders Jackson


In the Topsportcentrum on Saturday night, Matrixx Magixx wiped away a 10-point deficit heading into the 4th quarter to keep within striking distance of 2nd place in the FEB, winning an 86-84 thriller over Rotterdam Challengers thanks to a
Steyn Frans (218-C-82, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: SW Baptist) tip-in. With 0.2 seconds remaining and Matrxx inbounding the ball under the basket, Matrixx PG Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi) threw the inbounds pass towards the rim, with Steyn tipping the ball in. On highlights it showed that Steyn tipped the ball in perfect time before the sounding of the horn. Matrixx were led in scoring by Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) with 19 pts., with Mohammed making 4 three-pointers. The Rotterdammers, who hurt themselves in crunch time with poor free throw shooting (10 of 20 total), were led by Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia) with a game-high 22 pts. and 14 rebounds. The win improves Matrixx's record to 21-13, while Rotterdam falls to 18-14.



MyGuide Amsterdam Back On WinningTrack, Blows Out ZZ Leiden -by Sanders Jackson

In the Sporthallen-Zuid on Saturday, FEB leader MyGuide Amsterdam shook off its two-game skid, at the expense of previously hot ZZ Leiden, with hot three-point shooting, good balanced scoring in a 92-69 blowout win. At the end of the 1st quarter, it was clear that MyGuide were too much for ZZ, with MyGuide taking a 24-9 lead. MyGuide led 46-24 at halftime, led at one point during the game by as much as 70-41. Six MyGuide players scored in double digits, led by Dutch international
Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) with 17 pts. MyGuide shot the ball excellently, making 60% FG, a whopping 15 of 23 from the three-point line, a 32-22 rebounding advantage, and a 35-19 bench scoring advantage. MyGuide also held ZZ to only 3 of 21 three-point shooting. With the win, MyGuide are now 28-6.


Landstede Basketball Takes Care Of Business, Blows Out Den Helder Seals -by Sanders Jackson

Saturday night In Den Helder, with Landstede Basketball needing a win to remain in playoff position, took care of business on more ways than one, taking no prisoners at the start, cruising to an 103-62 blowout win. Landstede led 30-17 at the end of the 1st quarter and it snowballed from there, shooting 68.8% FG in the 1st half, making 6 three-pointers. Landstede would go on to shoot 61.9% FG and 10 of 21 from the three-point line.
Gerad Punch (193-G/F, college: Furman) scored a season-high 27 pts. (10 of 11 FG) to lead Landstede, with current FEB top scorer Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius) adding 24 and Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) scoring 21 on 8 of 10 FG. Bradley Strickland (206-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) led Den Helder with 18 pts. Landstede's bench outscored Den Helder's by a 37-11 margin, with their defense forcing Den Helder into 36.5% FG shooting and 6 of 23 from the three-point line. With the win, Landstede moves back in to 7th place in the current FEB standings.


Eiffel Towers Blow Huge Lead, Falls To Upstairs Weert In OT -by Sanders Jackson


The waters for the defending champions Eiffel Towers have been rough this season in the second half of the FEB season, swimming with the sharks instead of being the big fish in the pond.

On the road in Weert on Saturday night, Upstairs Weert kept themselves in playoff position and on the heels of ZZ Leiden and Landstede Basketball, overcoming a 20-point deficit, forcing the game into overtime, making two free throws in the last seconds, and winning by the score of 91-89. Eiffel PG
Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa) gave Upstairs fits in the 1st half, scoring 17 pts. to help Eiffel build a comfortable lead. But things went wrong in crunch time when Oliver picked up a technical foul and eventually fouled out. Upstairs then made their move and creeped closer to the defending Dutch champs.


In overtime, with the scored tied 89-89 in the last seconds, there was controversy when Eiffel guard Jos Frederiks (194-F/G-76, agency: Court Side) was whistled for a foul after the shotclock buzzer allegedly sounded. The officials saw it differently, with Upstairs canning two free throws to seal the win.

Trey McDowell (188-G-85, college: Louisiana Tech) had an impressive game, leading al scorers with 28 pts., including 14 of 15 free throws and 5 steals, with Jermaine Green (203-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) adding 25 and Ashley Champion (198-F-81, college: Chattanooga) with 18. Travis Young (184-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Marshall) led Eiffel with 25. Upstairs are one-half game behind ZZ Leiden for the last playoff spot, while Eiffel falls to 19-12.


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
1. Amsterdam 28-6
2. West-Brabant 23-10
3. M.Magix 21-13
4. Eiff.Towers 19-12
5. Hanzev.Cpt 19-14
6. Rotterdam 18-14
7. Leiden 14-19
8. Zwolle 14-19
9. Weert 14-20
10. Aris Friesland 7-26
11. Den Helder 4-28
12. Almere 0-0


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Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
1. Falco 19-4
2. Dombovar 15-7
3. Pecs 14-7
4. Szolnok 14-7
5. Atomeromu 13-8
6. Nyiregyhazi 13-9
7. Albacomp 12-10
8. Kormend 12-10
9. Univer KSE 10-11
10. ZTE KK 9-11
11. Soproni 9-12
12. MAFC 6-16
13. Bodrogi Bau 4-18
14. Kaposvari 4-18


EL CLASSICO: Kormend won in Szombathely -by Tamas Deri
FALCO KC lost its first home game in the season tonight. It was a sold out game in the Arena Savaria where the at least 1.000 fans from Kormend could celebrate a very important victory! With this win the team had its 8th straigt win and made a big step to come into the playoffs.



FALCO KC SZOMBATHELY - POLAROID-LAMI-VED KORMEND 78-84
(20-29, 27-20, 14-16, 17-19)


Falco KC Szhely
Nr On court Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
9 M. Aliakseyeu 14 6 / 10 60 0 / 0 0 2 / 4 50 1 2 3 0 2 4 3 0 3 26
8 L. Kalman 14 2 / 9 22 2 / 8 25 4 / 4 100 2 0 2 5 6 4 4 10 0 36
10 K. Varadi 4 1 / 2 50 0 / 1 0 2 / 3 67 1 1 2 1 0 1 3 0 0 16
5 R. Doyne Jara 14 4 / 9 44 0 / 3 0 6 / 9 67 5 0 5 3 3 4 9 0 0 37
4 A. Kazlauskas 21 1 / 4 25 5 / 7 71 4 / 4 100 9 3 12 4 2 3 3 4 0 38
Nr Bench Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
6 D. Csiszar 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 C. Borszeki 7 2 / 2 100 1 / 2 50 0 / 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 10
15 I. Feigl 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 6
14 E. Draughan 4 2 / 2 100 0 / 1 0 0 / 0 0 3 0 3 2 2 4 3 2 1 31
11 B. Papp 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 T. Will 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 M. Szanati 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

78 18 / 38 47 8 / 22 36 18 / 24 75 21 7 28 15 15 23 26 18 5 200

Lami-Ved-Kormend
Nr On court Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
7 R. Trummer 18 0 / 1 0 5 / 6 83 3 / 3 100 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 23
15 C. Ferencz 14 4 / 6 67 2 / 4 50 0 / 1 0 2 0 2 4 5 4 2 1 0 26
4 J. Thomas 13 2 / 3 67 0 / 3 0 9 / 9 100 4 1 5 3 2 2 7 4 0 29
14 P. Vavra 8 1 / 1 100 2 / 2 100 0 / 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 4 2 3 0 17
13 S. Ocitti 6 1 / 2 50 0 / 2 0 4 / 4 100 2 3 5 1 2 3 2 2 2 28
Nr Bench Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
10 E. McCants 2 1 / 3 33 0 / 3 0 0 / 0 0 2 1 3 1 0 2 1 1 0 15
6 T. Kocsis 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 M. Fodor 4 2 / 4 50 0 / 2 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 11
12 G. Fodor 5 1 / 2 50 1 / 4 25 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 16
5 K. Henderson 12 5 / 10 50 0 / 1 0 2 / 3 67 6 1 7 1 4 4 4 3 2 31
9 G. Toth 2 1 / 1 100 0 / 1 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4
11 R. Molnar 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

84 18 / 33 55 10 / 28 36 18 / 20 90 19 6 25 12 17 26 23 14 4 200


NYKK beat Albacomp -by Tamas Deri



Marso-Vagep NYKK - Albacomp 82-71
(18-18, 27-16, 22-19, 15-18)

Marso-Vagep NYKK
Nr On court Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
5 S. Helbich 17 7 / 11 64 1 / 2 50 0 / 2 0 6 3 9 3 5 3 2 0 1 29
9 R. Mouton 5 1 / 1 100 1 / 3 33 0 / 0 0 1 0 1 5 1 1 0 0 0 36
10 B. Savic 20 5 / 6 83 2 / 4 50 4 / 6 67 3 0 3 5 5 3 10 9 0 37
11 G. Buchanan 20 2 / 3 67 4 / 10 40 4 / 4 100 4 0 4 1 3 3 3 1 0 40
15 E. Sitku 15 0 / 4 0 4 / 6 67 3 / 3 100 3 2 5 2 2 3 3 4 0 40
Nr Bench Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
6 J. Siska 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
7 T. Krasznai 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
8 K. Nagy 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 M. Bus 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 A. Farkas 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Z. Trepak 5 2 / 3 67 0 / 1 0 1 / 1 100 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 11
18 M. Mohacsi 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

82 17 / 28 61 12 / 26 46 12 / 16 75 17 5 22 17 17 15 20 15 1 200

Albacomp
Nr On court Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
5 G. Soos 9 3 / 3 100 1 / 2 50 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 21
11 C. Bradford 12 3 / 5 60 2 / 8 25 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 6 5 4 1 2 0 40
13 C. Mcclendon 12 6 / 8 75 0 / 1 0 0 / 0 0 8 0 8 4 1 4 1 1 0 33
15 V. Radovic 14 4 / 5 80 1 / 5 20 3 / 4 75 3 0 3 2 2 3 2 0 0 28
4 B. Simon 14 4 / 7 57 1 / 3 33 3 / 3 100 4 1 5 1 4 3 9 7 0 37
Nr Bench Pt 2 Pts 3 Pts Free th. D O T St To F Fa A Bl Mi
7 G. David 0 0 / 2 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 7
12 Z. Bencze 8 4 / 4 100 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 5 4 9 1 4 3 0 0 0 26
8 A. Hanga 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 S. Boozer 2 1 / 2 50 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 8
14 S. Antal 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 T. Szabo 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



71 25 / 36 69 5 / 19 26 6 / 7 86 21 6 27 17 17 20 15 12 1 200


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IBL

The Holland Blast begin season with a bang versus The Hidden Gems All Stars 134-121! -by Lucius Jones
The Holland Blast defeated the Hidden Gems All Stars by a score of 134-121 in their first game of the season despite not taking their first lead until 102-100 in the fourth quarter. Both teams scored 41 2pt field goals in the contest, but the Blast connected on 11 3pt shots as Hidden Gems made 6.

The Holland Blast were led by the amazing performance of Jeremy File (6'1''-G-84, college: W.Michigan), who scored 32points (6-8 3pt) and dished out 3 assists. Veteran Duane Bosma (6'9''-C, college: Hope (MI)) ended with 26points and 9rebs,using his versatility and overall knowledge of the game to his advantage several times. David Williams (6'9''-C-83, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Saginaw Valley) added 25points and 9rebs with a quality inside/outside performance. Julius Vines (6'3''-G, college: Ferris St.) also dropped 18points in the win.

Central Ohio's Hidden Gems All Star's were led by and amazing frontline of Marwan Gaines (6'5''-F-82, college: Findlay (OH)), Dwayne McNeal (6'7''-F/C-79), and Frank Phillips (6'4''-F-84, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Findlay (OH)). McNeal scored 32points and grabbed 16rebounds(9off). Gaines put up 26points with 15rebounds(7off) and 6assists to boot. Phillips had 26points and snatched 12rebounds(4off)and added 4 assists. Shaun Ballard of Northland College in Wisconsin added 11points and 5rebounds in the effort. The backcourt was led by Marcel Jackson and his 18point, 7steal effort on the perimeter.


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ICELAND

Friday games -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Hottur lost to 1 div champion Breidablik 79-97. Everard Bartlett (191-G-86, agency: IceBasket) 38 pts. for Hottur. Nemanja Sovic 31 for Breidablik.

Iceland Express games. Skallagrimur 76 Keflavik 84. Keflavik regular season champions. Petur Sigurdson 22. Darrell Flake 20 + 20 rebs for Skallagrim. Bobby Walker 34 for Keflavik.
Fjolnir 83. Njardvik 98. Anthony Drejaj 33 for Fjolnir. Brenton Birmingham 22. Damon Bailey 20 for Njardvik.
Hamar 70. Stjarnan 82. With this win Stjarnan has the chance of making it to play-offs. Larus Jonsson 22 for Hamar. Jovan Zdravevski & Jarrett Stephans 19 for Stjarnan


Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
1. Keflavik 17-4
2. KR 16-5
3. Grindavik 15-6
4. Snaefell 13-8
5. Njardvik 13-8
6. Skallagrimur 10-11
7. IR 9-12
8. Thor AK 9-12
9. Tindastoll 8-13
10. Stjarnan 8-13
11. Hamar/S. 4-17
12. Fjolnir 4-17


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ISRAEL

Israeli U20 National Team 2007 -by Netanel Dahan
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Assaf


Mekel


Ohayon


Caspi


Matalon
4 Dori Assaf (180-G-87) of Elitzur Ramla.
5 Maor Snir (198-F-87) of Maccabi Haifa.
6 Avi Eliyahu (175-G-87) of Elitzur Ramla.
7 Noam Matalon (197-G-87) of Hapoel Gilboa/Afula.
8 Eran Asante (195-G/F-88) of Hapoel Galil Elyon.
9 Gal Mekel (191-G-88) of Wichita State University (USA).
10 Tal Michael Dunne (198-G/F-87) of Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion.
11 Elishay Kadir (195-F-87) of Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan.
12 Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87) of Hapoel Galil Elyon .
13 Omri Caspi (204-F/G-88) of Hapoel Galil Elyon.
14 Daniel Arie (203-C-87) of Maccabi Hod Hasharon .
15 Ahiad Bukra (204-F/C-88) of Elitzur Ashkelon.

Head Coach: Yakov Gino
Assistant Coach: Gilad Katz


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ITALY

Serie A Week 27 Recap -by Stefano Pini
Montepaschi Siena won the 25th game of the season. But at Rieti was a tough game. Argentinian connection Patricio Prato (193-G-79, college: St.Bonaventure) - Mario Gigena (198-F-77) combined for 35 points. Siena had 20 by Ilievski. Benetton Treviso played a solid game at Montegranaro, but in the fourth quarter Premiata's frontline made the difference. Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) had 18 points with 4 dunks. The main event of the week was Roma-Milano. It was another balanced game and was decided by an amazing final of Roberto Gabini (198-F-75, agency: Interperformances) that scored 19 points but 13 in a row in the last 3'. Air Avellino resists in 4th position. Against Varese, after the great start of Giorgio Boscagin (195-G-83), was everything too easy. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) had 28 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals. For Varese Delonte Holland (201-F-82, college: De Paul) had 15 but 5/18 from the field and 7 turnovers. No brake for Capo D'Orlando that overcame Scafati at home. Antoher day in office for Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72): 19p. + 12as. Upim Bologna had to rescue the bad game of 7 days ago. And they did it against Pesaro. Bologna had 6 players in double digit and controlled since the first quarter. Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech) scored 21 points in a row but wasn't enough to rally. Udine was +11 when the veteran began to hit. For Udine Jerome Allen (193-G-73, college: Pennsylvania) had 15p., 5r, 7as.

Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
1. Montepas. 24-2
2. Lottomatica 17-9
3. Premiata 17-9
4. Air AV 16-10
5. Pierrel 15-11
6. Armani 14-12
7. Scavolini 14-12
8. Upim 13-13
9. Solsonica 13-13
10. Angelico 13-13
11. Tisettanta C. 12-14
12. Snaidero 11-15
13. Eldo 11-15
14. Siviglia Wear 11-15
15. Benetton 11-15
16. La Fortezza 10-16
17. Legea 7-19
18. Cimberio 5-21


Standings - B1
B1 Standings
Group A
1. Venezia 16-6
2. Casalpuster. 16-6
3. Forli 15-7
4. Ticino 14-8
5. Lumezzane 14-8
6. Vigevano 12-10
7. Fidenza 12-10
8. Omegna 11-11
9. Treviglio 10-12
10. Ozzano 9-13
11. Asti 7-15
12. Vado Ligure 6-16
13. Modena 6-16
14. Riva del Garda 6-16
Group B
1. Siena Virtus 16-6
2. Brindisi 16-6
3. Trapani 16-6
4. Osimo 15-7
5. Latina 13-9
6. Matera 12-10
7. S.Antimo 12-10
8. Ferentino 11-11
9. Fossombrone 10-12
10. Potenza 9-13
11. Patti 8-14
12. Firenze 7-15
13. Gragnano 6-16
14. Porto Torres 3-19


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JAPAN

Aisin and Toyota cruise into JBL Finals -by Kenny
The Aisin Sea Horses and Toyota Alvark both had an easy time in dispatching their opponents on Sunday (3/16) to advance to the JBL Finals which will begin on Thursday, March 20th in Tokyo. Aisin will be looking to win their first JBL title since the 2003-04 season while Toyota will be looking to win their 3rd straight JBL title. With their victories on Sunday, both teams were able to complete a 2-game sweep of their 1st round playoff series.

Aisin defeated Mitsubishi again 70-60 on Sunday to complete the sweep in their best-of-3 playoff series. Aisin was paced by regular season MVP PG Shinsuke Kashiwagi as he poured in 19 points on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range. The 3-pronged attack of SG Alpha Bangura, F James Maye, and C J.R. Sakuragi was relatively quiet with 9 points, 9 points, and 11 points respectively, but it was enough to hold off the offensively inept Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins. F Johnny Taylor had 11 pts and 10 boards for Mitsubishi while C Jerald Honeycutt had 10 and 7 in the losing effort. Mitsubishi made it to the JBL Finals last season when they faced Toyota and lost to Toyota in 3 games.

Speaking of Toyota, the Alvark were down early in the game to OSG on Sunday in Game 2, but they made some adjustments and took over the lead early in the 2nd quarter and never looked back as they won the game going away 95-77 to advance to the JBL Finals for the 3rd year in a row. F Michael Takahashi (198-F-74, college: Cal.St. Northridge) scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while PG Louis Campbell had another great all-around game with 22/8/8 to pace Toyota. F Charles O'Bannon put in another workmanlike effort with 18 and 8 while SG Takuma Watanabe had 17 points on 3-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc. OSG, in what turned out to be its last game in the JBL, put up a decent fight in the 1st half, but was flat in the 2nd half and never came close to overtaking Toyota's lead. C Marquis Estill, arguably the best import in the JBL this season, worked hard inside to finish with 20 points and 14 boards while PG Cliff Hawkins had 15 points. The dynamic Japanese duo of SG Takuya Kawamura and swingman Shogo Asayama once again shot well from outside and finished with 14 points and 16 points respectively in the loss.

Game 1 of the JBL Finals will take place on 3/20 (Thu). Game 2 is scheduled for 3/22 (Sat) while Game 3 is scheduled for 3/23 (Sun). If necessary, Game 4 will take place on 3/25 (Tue) and Game 5 will be played on 3/26 (Wed).


Notes: MItsubishi C Jerald 'Cutt' Honeycutt had played in the previous 2 JBL Finals as he made it to the Finals in 2006 with OSG and Mitsubishi last season. It'll be a UCLA reunion in the JBL Finals as Toyota's Charles O'Bannon will go up against his former UCLA teammate J.R. Sakuragi (Henderson) in the JBL Finals once again. They previously faced each other in the JBL Finals in the 2002-03 season.


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JORDAN

The King in Zain !!!.. A near deal or what?? (Updates + Picture) -by Mohammed Malas

One of the most famous imports in the region may come to Jordan, The american point guard Tony Madison (190-G-71, agency: China-Hoop, college: New Orleans) signed with Zain basketball team for the reminder of the Excellent League which will end in the middle of april.

Tarek Al Hosani the 1st team's manager assured to Asia-Basket that Madison signed on the federation's paper earlier today to guarantee his registration in the JBF's team list before deadline in the 20th of this month, The player and club are awaiting for 'the signning on contract' progress following their agreement on the terms with the player's agent soon....Iranian media spoke about this deal yesterday and mentioned some obstacles in negotiations due to Madison's request to have a rest for one week after his participation with iranian team Petrochimi Imam Harbour in WABA for clubs 2008 which ended yesterday and a long season with Mahram before that.....

Madison is a main part of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut of Lebanon in the last 3 years adding to his big career with other teams in Lebanon and other countries such as Saudi Arabia and finally Iran this season with two different teams (Mahram 'Champions of Iranian League' and Petrochimi Imam Harbour 'Only in WABA for Clubs 2008').

If the deal happens, The King will not appear with the Jordanian champions in both Arab Clubs Championship which will be in Amman next month and Asian Clubs Championship in May due to his commitment with Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in the 1st competition this year and imports restrictions in the 2nd.

# The picture below shows Madison signning on JBF's paper (Source: Al Ghad Newspaper) ........


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LATVIA

LBL standings
LBL Standings
Division I
1. Barons/LMT 10-1
2. Valmiera 10-7
3. ASK Riga 9-1
4. BK Ventsp. 9-2
5. Liep.Lauvas 9-8
6. VEF Riga 8-9
7. Bum./ASK 2-15
8. Keizarmezs 1-15
Division II
1. Zemgale 24-5
2. Ventspils au. 22-6
3. RNS-D/Livani 18-10
4. ASK/Juniors 18-12
5. Jurmala 13-16
6. LU/Ridzene 13-16
7. Roja 11-18
8. Cesis/Remarks 6-24
9. Saldus 5-23


Stats Leaders
LBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Ozols (Jurmala) 21.0
Kanbergs (VA) 19.9
Rudzitis (Bum.) 18.6
Delveris (Roja) 18.5
Mizis (LU/Ridz.) 17.6
Rebounds Per Game
Stimac (Valmiera) 11.3
Ed.Eglitis (LU/Ridz.) 8.8
Licitis (Saldus) 8.5
Alexander (Bar.) 8.1
Bucs (VA) 8.1,
Assists Per Game
Slesers (Livani) 7.3
Buskevics (ASK) 4.5
Raiskums (Zem.) 4.0
Tiss (Saldus) 4.0
Olivero (Valmiera) 4.0
Steals Per Game
Slesers (Livani) 3.3
Millage (ASK) 2.7
Skele (Barons) 2.6
Blocks Per Game
J.Rozitis (ASK/Jun.) 2.7
D.Rozitis (Cesis) 2.4
Rich (Liepaja) 2.4
Ranking
Stimac (Valmiera) 22.5
Kanbergs (VA) 21.1
Raiskums (Zemgale) 20.5


Standings - LBAL
LBAL Standings
Austrumi 1-4
1. Valmiera-2 6-1
2. DU/Hansabanka 4-3
3. Maksis/LTI 4-3
4. Madona 0-7
Austrumi 5-7
1. Preili 4-1
2. Ezerzeme 2-3
3. Jekabpils 1-3
Centrs 1-4
1. ASK Kadeti 3-1
2. Keizarmezs-2 2-2
3. Jurmala 2 2-2
4. Ogre/Sonora 1-3
Centrs 5-8
1. Kursa/MRU 1-0
2. Turiba 1-0
3. LU 1-1
4. VIA Riga 0-2
Centrs 9-12
1. VEF Riga 1-0
2. Saulkrasti 0-0
3. Ridzene 89 0-0
4. Salacgriva 0-1
Centrs 13-16
1. Ridzene M. 1-0
2. I.O.S. 1-0
3. ASK Kadeti-2 0-1
4. 3.BJSS 0-1
Centrs 17-20
1. DSN 0-0
2. LNSF 0-0
3. Ridzene 91 0-0
Rietumi 1-4
1. Liepajas Papirs 4-3
2. Dartija 4-3
3. Kandava 3-4
4. Variants 3-4
Rietumi 5-9
1. Zemgale/Juniors 8-1
2. Perkons 7-2
3. Talsi 6-3
4. Olaine 2-7
5. Baldone 1-9


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LIGA CENTROAMERICANA

Standings
Liga Centroamericana Standings
Group A
1. Pioneros 4-0
2. Liceo 2-2
3. Jaguares 0-4
Group B
1. SAT 3-1
2. Icevic T. 3-1
3. Nacionales 0-4


Sat Cybertec wins Game 2 and steals First Place of Group B from Icevic -by Gianni Pascucci
In a solid team performance at Tegucigalpa and after leading by 11 points since the 2nd Quarter of Game 2, Sat Cybertec delivered an 86-68 victory over Icevic and ended Round 1 of Liga Centroamericana 2008 at the top position of Group B. The scorers for the winners, Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) 25, Thomas Gillespie 16, Oscar Rivera 14, Ricardo Amaya 11 and Victor Padilla 9, outran the locals with an effective game that exploted both the paint and the outside perimeter play, while holding scorers Pedro Salazar and James Parker from Icevic to 10 points each, well under their usual production and numbers. Coach Ernesto Rodriguez from Sat Cybertec shared: -'This proves that we can do things well when we do our homework for this kind of games. Our goal is to reach the final stage of this competition, with confidence in the quality of players and the gameplay that we have'. With this win, Sat Cybertec shows a strong candidate to represent Group B in the Final Four of this League, which is presumed to take place in Cancun, Mexico, later this year.

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MONTENEGRO

MNT1A : Mogren win in derby agains Lovcen -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball club Mogren form Budva win in first game of 18 Round of MNT1A Opportunity Division against BC Lovcen Cetinje 74-68 (24-16,22-20,11-15,17-17).In team of BC Mogren best was Samir Leric (204-F/C-74) with 19 points and 12 rebounds.Good game play Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 16 points and 6 rebounds and Danilo Papalic 11 points.In team of BC Lovcen Cetinje best was once again capiten Petar Jovanovic (192-G/F-80) 18 points and 6 asist.

Standings - 1A
1A Standings
1. Mogren 13-5
2. Danilovgrad 12-6
3. Niksic 12-6
4. ABS Primorje 11-6
5. Lovcen 11-7
6. Mornar Bar 10-8
7. Ulcijn 9-8
8. Jedinstvo 6-11
9. Primorje-M. 5-13
10. Rudar 0-17
Will join on later stage:
1. Buducnost -


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NBA

Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
1. Boston C. 52-13
2. Toronto R. 34-31
3. Philadelphia 33-34
4. New Jersey N. 28-38
5. New York K. 19-46
Central Div.
1. Detroit P. 47-18
2. Cleveland C. 37-29
3. Chicago B. 26-39
4. Indiana P. 25-41
5. Milwaukee B. 23-43
Southeast Div.
1. Orlando M. 44-24
2. Washington W. 33-32
3. Atlanta H. 26-38
4. Charlotte B. 24-41
5. Miami H. 11-52
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
1. Utah J. 44-24
2. Denver N. 39-26
3. Portland T.B. 35-32
4. Seattle S. 16-50
5. Minnesota T. 15-50
Pacific Div.
1. Los Angeles L. 45-20
2. Phoenix S. 44-22
3. Golden St. 41-24
4. Sacramento K. 29-36
5. Los Angeles C. 21-44
Southwest Div.
1. Houston R. 45-20
2. N.Orleans H. 44-20
3. San Antonio S. 44-22
4. Dallas M. 43-23
5. Memphis G. 15-50


Gilbert Arenas is close to return -by Eurobasket News
The Washington Wizards' point guard Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) is almost fit to play after 4 months without basketball. Arenas underwent a knee surgery in November and did not practice until early March. He already took part in a couple of training with the squad and was hopeful about his return soon. Gilbert Arenas can come back to action as soon as on March 19 against the Orlando Magic. Meanwhile the Wizards needed an overtime to upset the LA Clippers 119:109 yesterday. Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina) notched 36 points and actually masterminded the Wizards revival late in regulation to force an extra period. Washington's forward converted three free throws at the dying stage to send the game into overtime. Later he opened the extra period with back-to-back jumpers to put the hosts up for good. Darius Songaila (6'9''-C/F-78, college: Wake Forest) substituted injured Brendan Haywood in the starting lineup. The Lithuanian centre was productive with 14 points and 8 boards, while Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) added 16 points, 12 boards and 7 assists for the winners. Corey Maggette (6'6''-G-79, college: Duke) answered with 34 points for the Clippers as they lost the 11th out of the last 13 games. Al Thornton (6'8''-F-83, college: Florida St.) joined an extended injured list of the Clippers. He suffered a knee contusion in the second period and never returned to action.
The Philadelphia 76ers registered the third straight win beating the San Antonio Spurs 103:96 at the Wachovia Center. Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) paced the hosts with season-high 32 points, while Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) was helpful as always with 25 points to hand the third consecutive loss to the defending champs. The Sixers led from tip off and managed to withstand the late surge from the Spurs to improve 33-34 record. Philadelphia now stands just one win shy of the sixth-ranked Washington in the East. Tony Parker scored 27 points, while Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) produced 22 as the Spurs lost their 5th in a row on the road.
Meanwhile the Phoenix Suns returned into contention for the top spot in the West winning their fourth in a row. This time the Suns dismantled the visiting Sacramento Kings 127:99 behind 30 points and 10 boards from Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82). Gordan Giricek (6'6''-G-77) scored season-high 23 points, while Shaquille O'Neal added 17 points and 8 boards for Phoenix to roll. The hosts exploded with a 28:2 rally late in the second period to hold on to a 31-point halftime cushion. Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's) answered with 26 points for the Kings.


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NCAA1

Pacific-10 Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Anderson


Harden


Lopez


Love


Mayo

Regular Season Standings
1 UCLA 16-2 31-3
2
Stanford 13-5 26-7
3
Washington St. 11-7 24-8
4
USC 11-7 21-11
5
Arizona St. 9-9 19-12
6
Oregon 9-9 18-13
7
Arizona 8-10 19-14
8
Washington St. 7-11 16-16
9
California 6-12 16-15
10
Oregon St. 0-18 6-25

Tournament Final: UCLA - Stanford 67-64
Tournament Semifinals:
UCLA - USC 57-54
Stanford - WSU 75-68

All-Pac-10 Tournament MVP: Lawrence Hill (6'8''-F) of UCLA


Pac-10 All-Tournament Team:

Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F) of CAL

Lawrence Hill of UCLA

All-Pac-10 1st Team
Ryan Anderson of CAL
James Harden (6'5''-G-89) of ASU
Brook Lopez (7'0''-F) of STAN
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88) of UCLA
O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87) of USC

All-Pac-10 2nd Team
Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-G) of ARIZ
Jon Brockman (6'7''-F-87) of WASH
Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87) of UCLA
Maarty Leunen (6'9''-F-85) of ORE
Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86) of WSU

All-Pac-10 3rd Team
Chase Budinger (6'7''-F) of ARIZ
Taj Gibson (6'9''-F-85) of USC
Derrick Low (6'2''-G-86) of WSU
Jeff Pendergraph (6'9''-F-87) of ASU
Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88) of UCLA

All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention
Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86) of WSU
Patrick Christopher (6'5''-G) of CAL
Anthony Goods (6'3''-G) of STAN
Malik Hairston (6'6''-G-87) of ORE
Jordan Hill (6'9''-F) of ARIZ
Davon Jefferson (6'8''-F-86) of USC
Mitch Johnson (6'1''-G) of STAN
Robin Lopez (7'0''-C) of STAN
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (6'7''-G/F-88) of UCLA
Josh Shipp (6'5''-G/F-86) of UCLA

Pac-10 All-Freshman Team
Jerryd Bayless of ARIZ
James Harden of ASU
Davon Jefferson of USC
Kevin Love of UCLA
O.J. Mayo of USC

Pac-10 All-Freshman Honorable Mention
Ty Abbott (6'4''-G-88) of ASU
Angelo Johnson (5'10''-G-88) of USC
Harper Kamp (6'7''-F) of CAL
Venoy Overton (6'0''-G) of WASH


Pac-10 All-Defensive Team
Darren Collison of UCLA
Taj Gibson of USC
Robin Lopez of STAN
Kyle Weaver of WSU
Russell Westbrook of UCLA

Pac-10 All-Defensive Honorable Mention
Jon Brockman of WASH
Robbie Cowgill (6'10''-F-86) of WSU
Jordan Hill of ARIZ
Brook Lopez of STAN
Kevin Love of UCLA
O.J. Mayo of USC
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute of UCLA
Jawann McClellan (6'4''-G) of ARIZ
Fred Washington (6'5''-F-85) of STAN

All-Pac-10 Player of the Year: Kevin Love of UCLA
All-Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year: Russell Westbrook of UCLA
All-Pac-10 Freshman of the Year: Kevin Love of UCLA

All-Pac-10 Coach of the Year: Trent Johnson of Stanford



SEC Tourney - Saturday -by Darryl Reshaw
The entire SEC Tourney location was switched from the Georgia Dome to Georgia Tech due to the tornato damage inflicted on the Dome on Friday night.

This night belong to the Georgia Bulldogs who had to play and win both games today to advance to the finals of the SEC Tournament.
This team has played two overtime games and today beat two of the toughest teams in the SEC to advance to Sundays' final.
Apparently Dennis Felton the coach from Georgia job was on the line going into the SEC Tournament but after winning three straight games and outcoaching the MSU coach by a wide margin in the semi-final Dennis Felton is the man of the tourney.

Georgia defeated MSU in the second game at Georgia Tech 64-60 led by Sundiata Gaines (6'1''-G-86) 20 points.
Mississippi State came out very lethargic and probably over confident over a weiry but motivated Georgia team.
Like the night before the 2-3 zone game MSU lots of problems and slowed the game down to a slow pace.
The MSU shooters struggled all night from downtown and they did not get the ball inside enough to their inside players as all of Georgia's big guys had 4 fouls a piece going into the final minutes of the game.
Charles Rhodes led MSU with 22 points but was the only broght offensive spot for the very talented MSU team.

The Tennessee and Arkansas was one of the most athletic and exciting games of the tourney as Arkansas stoled the game in the final seconds to advance 92-91 to the SEC Tourney final.
Steven Hill (7'0''-C-85) scored his only two points of the game in the final seconds with a turn around shot that hit nothing but nets to clinch the victory.
Charles Thomas (6'8''-F-86) dominated the inside with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Arkansas and Patrick Beverley (6'1''-G-88) added 16 points.
Chris Lofton (6'2''-G-86) scored 25 points for the Vols and Tyler Smith (6'7''-F-86, college: Iowa) added another 24 points as well.
The game was a closely fought battle with Tennessee ahead most of the game with a few lead changes along the way.
Tennessee probably lost it's chance to seal a number one seed in the NCAA tourney with the upset lost.

The Georgia and Kentucky game that was canceled on Friday night was played at 12pm EST and Georgia escaped with another 60-56 overtime victory.
The hero of the game was the subsitute Zac Swansea who nailed the game winning three pointer with 1.2 seconds left in the game.
Sundiata Gaines who is an excellent point guard who has NBA potential fouled out in the over time period and you would have thought Kentucky would have cruised to a victory but Georgia with the help of Thursday hero Dave Bliss (6'10''-C-86) played well in the overtime period.
The game was a seesaw affair throughtout most of the game with Joe Crawford leading the way for Kentucky with 24 points.
Michael Bradley did not have the best of games but played well in the final minutes of the game as he hit some big shots.
Sundiata Gaines led the Georgia Bulldogs with 17 points and Terrance Woodbury had 16 points.
The ironic situation is that Georgia had to turn around and play another game at 8pm EST.
On Sunday we will see the Georgia Bulldogs take on Arkansas for the SEC Tournament Championship.


BigWest Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 UCSB 12 4 .750 23 8 .742 11-3 10-4 2-1
2 Cal.St. Northridge 12 4 .750 20 10 .667 10-3 9-5 1-2
3 Cal.St. Fullerton 12 4 .750 24 8 .750 11-3 9-5 4-0
4 Pacific 11 5 .688 21 10 .677 11-3 8-6 2-1
5 Cal-Irvine 9 7 .563 18 16 .529 12-2 3-10 3-4
6 Cal Poly - SLO 7 9 .438 12 18 .400 7-5 4-11 1-2
7 Cal-Riverside 4 12 .250 9 21 .300 8-5 0-15 1-1
8 Long Beach St. 3 13 .188 6 25 .194 5-8 1-15 0-2
9 Cal-Davis 2 14 .125 9 22 .290 8-7 1-15 0-0

Tournament Final: Cal State Fullerton - UC Irvine 81-66
Tournament Semifinals:

State Fullerton - UC Riverside 81-69
UC Irvine - Pacific 57-56

All-Big West Tournament MVP:Josh Akognon (5'11''-G-86) of Fullerton

Big West All-Tournament Team:
Josh Akognon of Cal State Fullerton

Scott Cutley (6'5''-F-85) of Cal State Fullerton
Frank Robinson (6'4''-G-84) of Cal State Fullerton
Darren Fells (6'7''-F/C) of UC Irvine
Tremaine Townsend (6'9''-C-86) of Cal State Northridge
Larry Cunningham (6'2''-G-85) of UC Riverside

All-Big West 1st Team
Scott Cutley of Cal State
Alex Harris (6'6''-G-86) of UC Santa Barbara
Jonathan Heard (6'6''-G/F-86) of Cal State Northridge
Steffan Johnson (6'1''-G) of Pacific
Donovan Morris (6'3''-G-84) of Long Beach State
Patrick Sanders (6'6''-F) of UC Irvine

All-Big West 2nd Team
Josh Akognon of Cal State Fullerton
Darren Fells of UC Irvine
Frank Robinson of Cal State Fullerton
Tremaine Townsend of Cal State
Deon Tresvant (6'0''-G-85) of Cal State Northridge

All-Big West Honorable Mention
Anthony Brown (6'7''-F) of Pacific
Calvin Chitwood (6'8''-F-86) of Cal State
Trae Clark (5'11''-G-87) of Cal Poly
Larry Cunningham of UC Riverside
Chris Devine (6'8''-F-84) of UC Santa Barbara
Ivan Elliott (6'8''-F-86) of UC Santa Barbara
Josh Jenkins (5'10''-G-86) of Cal State Northridge
James Powell (6'2''-G-87) of UC Santa Barbara
Chad Troyer (6'4''-G) of Pacific

Big West All-Freshman Team
Shawn Lewis (6'4''-F) of Cal Poly
Greg Plater (6'1''-G-89) of Long Beach
Mark Payne (6'7''-G) of UC Davis
Jalonni Diggs (6'1''-G) of UC Riverside
Terrell Smith (6'4''-G) Pacific

All-Big West Co-Player of the Year: Scott Cutley of Cal State Fullerton and Alex Harris of UC Santa Barbara
All-Big West Defensive Player of the Year: Frank Robinson of Cal State Fullerton
All-Big West Freshman of the Year: Mark Payne of UC Davis
All-Big West Sixth Man of the Year: Deon Tresvant of Cal State Northridge
All-Big West Co-Best Hustle Player: Chris Devine of UC Santa Barbara and Christian Soto (6'8''-F-87) of UC Riverside
All-Big West Coach of the Year: Bobby Braswell of Cal State Northridge



SEC Tourney - Friday -by Darryl Reshaw
By Darry Reshaw
The Georgia Dome had a big time college atmosphere all day on Friday compared to Thursday games.
However mother nature disrupted the whole tournament with a severe tornato storm that damaged the Georgia Dome and caused an estimated 250 million dollars of damage to downtown Atlanta.
During the overtime period between Alabama and Mississippi State a loud roar erupted and violent shaking of the Georgia Dome scared the 18,000 fans.
The game was interuputed for over 50 minutes and the final game of the night was canceled until Saturday.
On Saturday the tournament was switched to Georgia Tech where only the media, cheerleaders, family and other SEC officials were allowed to watch the game.
Eurobasket has covered a lot of basketball events and it was the scariest moment I ever witnessed in a basketball arena and for a few seconds I thought we were under a terrorist attack.

The first game of the day was an exciting affair with Tennessee edging South Carolina 89-87 with a Chris Lofton (6'2''-G-86) 3pt shot in the final seconds to seal the victory for the SEC regular season champions.
Chris Lofton did not have one of his greatest games but he came through in the clutch as usual with his dealy shooting touch.
Wayne Chism (6'9''-F-87) dominated inside play with 23 points for the Vols and JaJuan Smith toss in another 19 points.
South Carolina was lead by 26 points by the most exciting point guard in the SEC Devan Downey (5'9''-G-87, college: Cincinnati) who just destroyed Tennessee with his quickness and playmaking ability.

The Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt game started with a lot of energy with Arkansas taking an early lead. Throughout most of the game Arkansas controled the game with their defense and offensive rebounding.
Arkansas did a great job on Shan Foster (6'6''-G/F-86) the SEC Player of the Year by limiting his point production to 4-10 from the FG.
Arkansas could be a darkhorse in the SEC Tourney because of the defense, rebounding and athleticism.
They overwhelmed Vandy on the boards and it was the difference in the game as they won 81-75 to advance to the SEC semi-finals.
Darian Townes (6'10''-F-84) (6'10''-F-84) and Gary Ervin (6'0''-G-83, college: Mississippi St.) both chipped in 18 points a piece to lead the Arkansas Razobacks in scoring.
Alex Gordon scored 22 points for Vandy in their losing effort.

Game three of the night feautured probably the most talented team in the SEC tourney Mississippi State and Alabama.
Mississippi State ended up beating Alabama in overtime by 69-67 in a great game that was interupted by the tornado that hit the Georgia Dome.
MSU started the game with two straight dunks and you thought it was going to be a long night for Alabama.
MSU controlled most of the first half but Alabama stayed close with great 3pt shooting by Alonzo Gee and Riley.
Charles Rhodes (6'8''-F/C-85) was dominating the first half with great inside play.
However Alabama led by Riley went on a shooting spree and took a 36-29 lead into halftime.lead.
MSU came back in the second half and the game went back in forth as Alabama stayed in the 2-3 zone defense that slowed MSU down.
Richard Hendrix led Alabama with a strong inside performace of 15 points and 13 rebounds and Riley scored 18 points as well.
MSU was led by Jamont Gordon (6'4''-G/F-87) with 23 points and Charles Rhodes added another 15 points.


AEC Season 2007-2008 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 Md-Balt.County 13-3 23-8
2 Hartford 10-6 18-15
3 Albany 10-6 15-15
4 Vermont 9-7 16-15
5 Binghamton 9-7 14-16
6 Boston U. 9-7 14-17
7 New Hampshire 6-10 9-20
8 Maine 3-13 7-23
9 Stony Brook 3-13 7-23

Tournament Final: UMBC - Hartford 82-65
Tournament Semifinals:
UMBC - Vermont 73-64
Hartford - Boston University 59-52

All-AEC Tournament MVP:

AEC All-Tournament Team
Jaret Von Rosenberg (6'2''-G-87) of Hartford
Joe Zeglinski (6'0''-G-87) of Hartford
Ray Barbosa (6'2''-G-84) of UMBC
Jay Greene (5'8''-G-86) of UMBC
Darryl Proctor (6'4''-F-86) of UMBC

All-AEC 1st Team
Brian Lillis (6'5''-G/F-85) of Albany
Joe Zeglinski of Hartford
Jay Greene of UMBC Whitehall
Darryl Proctor of UMBC
Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F) of Vermont

All-AEC 2nd Team
Mike Gordon (6'0''-G-86) of Binghamton
Corey Lowe (6'2''-G-88) of Boston University
Ray Barbosa of UMBC
Brian Hodges (6'3''-G-86) of UMBC
Mike Trimboli (6'1''-G) of Vermont

All-AEC 3rd Team
Lazar Trifunovic (6'8''-F-87) of Binghamton

John Holland (6'5''-G/F-88) of Boston University
Mark Socoby (6'6''-G-87) of Maine Houlton
Cavell Johnson (6'8''-F-85) of UMBC
Tyrece Gibbs (6'2''-G-85) of New Hampshire

AEC All-Freshman Team
Tim Ambrose (6'0''-G) of Albany Brentwood
John Holland of Boston University
Morgan Sabia (6'7''-F-89) of Hartford
Alvin Abreu (6'1''-G-87) of New Hampshire
Tyrone Conley (6'3''-G-88) of New Hampshire

AEC All-Defensive Team
Brian Lillis of Albany
Mike Gordon of Binghamton
John Holland of Boston University
Michael Turner (6'5''-G/F-87) of Hartford Novato
Marqus Blakely of Vermont

All-AEC Player of the Year: Marqus Blakely of Vermont
All-AEC Defensive Player of the Year: Marqus Blakely of Vermont
All-AEC Most Outstanding Player: Jay Greene of UMBC
All-AEC Freshman of the Year: John Holland of Boston U.
All-AEC Coach of the Year: Randy Monroe of UMBC



Atlantic10 Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 Xavier 14 2 .875 27 6 .818
2 Temple 11 5 .688 21 12 .636
3 Massachusetts 10 6 .625 21 10 .677
4 Charlotte 9 7 .562 20 13 .606
5 Richmond 9 7 .562 16 14 .533
6 St.Joseph's 9 7 .562 21 12 .636
7 Dayton 8 8 .500 21 10 .677
8 La Salle 8 8 .500 15 17 .469
9 Duquesne 7 9 .438 17 13 .567
10 Rhode Island 7 9 .438 21 11 .656
11 St.Louis 7 9 .438 16 15 .516
12 Fordham 6 10 .375 12 17 .414
13 George Washington 5 11 .312 9 17 .346
14 St.Bonaventure 2 14 .125 8 22 .267

Tournament Final: Saint Joseph's - Temple 69-64
Tournament Semifinals:
Xavier - Saint Joseph's 53-63
Temple - Charlotte 60-45

All-Atlantic 10 Tournament MVP: Brian Roberts (6'2''-G-85) of Dayton

Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team

Brian Roberts (6'2''-G-85) of Dayton

All-Atlantic 10 1st Team
Pat Calathes (6'10''-G/F-85) of Saint Joseph
Dionte Christmas (6'5''-G) of Temple
Will Daniels (6'8''-F-86) of Rhode Island
Gary Forbes (6'7''-G/F-85) of Massachusetts
Brian Roberts of Dayton

All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team
Josh Duncan (6'9''-F-86) of Xavier
Bryant Dunston (6'8''-F) of Fordham
Darnell Harris (6'1''-G) of La Salle
Drew Lavender (5'7''-G-84) of Xavier
Mark Tyndale (6'5''-G-86) of Temple

All-Atlantic 3rd Team
Stanley Burrell (6'3''-G-84) of Xavier
Dan Geriot (6'9''-F/C-88) of Richmond
Leemire Goldwire (5'11''-G-84) of Charlotte
Kevin Lisch (6'2''-G) of Saint Louis
Ahmad Nivins (6'9''-F-87) of Saint Joseph

Atlantic 10 All-Freshman Team
Lavoy Allen (6'9''-F) of Temple
Kevin Anderson (6'10''-F-88) of Richmond
Damian Saunders (6'7''-F) of Duquesne
Anjuan Wilderness (6'6''-F-87) of Charlotte
Jerrell Williams (6'8''-F) of La Salle
Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88) of Dayton

Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team
Parfait Bitee (6'2''-G-85) of Rhode Island
Stanley Burrell of Xavier
Bryant Dunston of Fordham
Shawn James (6'10''-F/C-83) of Duquesne
Kevin Lisch of Saint Louis

Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team
Kieron Achara (6'10''-F/C-83) of Duquesne
Jimmy Baron (6'2''-G-86) of Rhode Island
Kevin Lisch of Saint Louis
Yves Mekongo-Mbala (6'7''-F) of La Salle
Luke Meyer (6'5''-G/F) of Saint Louis

All-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year: Gary Forbes of Massachusetts
All-Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year: Stanley Burrell of Xavier
All-Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year: Kevin Anderson of Richmond
All-Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year: Ricky Harris of Massachusetts
All-Atlantic 10 Sixth Man of the Year: Josh Duncan of Xavier
All-Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year: Kieron Achara of Duquesne
All-Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year: Sean Miller of Xavier



CUSA Season 2007-08 Summary -by Richard
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Regular Season Standings
1 Memphis 16 0 33 1
2 UAB 12 4 22 10
3 Houston 11 5 22 9
4 S.Mississippi 9 7 19 14
5 Cent.Florida 9 7 16 15
6 Tulsa 8 8 20 13
7 UTEP 8 8 19 13
8 Marshall 8 8 16 14
9 Tulane 6 10 17 15
10 E.Carolina 5 11 11 19
11 SMU 4 12 10 20
12 Rice 0 16 3 27

Tournament Final: Memphis - Tulsa 77-51
Tournament Semifinals:
Memphis - Southern Miss 69-53
Tulsa Battles - UTEP 64-62

All-C-USA Tournament MVP: Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85) of Memphis

C-USA All-Tournament Team:
Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85) of Memphis

All-C-USA 1st Team
Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'7''-G-87) of Memphis
Stefon Jackson (6'5''-G-85) of UTEP
Rob McKiver (6'3''-G-84) of Houston
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88) of Memphis
Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85) of UAB

All-C-USA 2nd Team
Joey Dorsey (6'9''-F-85) of Memphis
David Gomez (6'7''-F-85) of Tulane
Jermaine Taylor (6'4''-G/F-86) of UCF
Ben Uzoh (6'2''-G) of Tulsa
Jeremy Wise (6'2''-G) of Southern Miss

All-C-USA 3rd Team
Dion Dowell (6'6''-G-85) of Houston
Robert Dozier (6'9''-F-85) of Memphis
Markel Humphrey (6'5''-G/F-87) of Marshall
Jon Killen (6'4''-G) of SMU
Lawrence Kinnard (6'8''-F-86) of UAB

All-C-USA Honorable Mention

C-USA All-Freshman Team
Tirrell Baines (6'6''-F-86) of Marshall
Randy Culpepper (5'10''-G-89) of UTEP
Papa Ndiaga Dia (6'9''-F-87) of SMU
R.L. Horton (6'0''-G) of Southern Miss
Derrick Rose of Memphis

C-USA All-Defensive Team
Antonio Anderson of Memphis
Mark Dorris (6'2''-G) of Marshall
Joey Dorsey of Memphis
Jerome Jordan (6'11''-C) of Tulsa
Dave Noel (6'3''-G) of UCF

C-USA All-District Team
Chris Douglas-Roberts of Memphis
Derrick Rose of Memphis
Robert Vaden of UAB

All-C-USA Player of the Year: Chris Douglas-Roberts of Memphis
All-C-USA Defensive Player of the Year: Joey Dorsey of Memphis
All-C-USA Freshman of the Year: Derrick Rose of Memphis
All-C-USA Newcomer of the Year: Robert Vaden of UAB
All-C-USA Sixth Man of the Year: Randy Culpepper of UTEP
All-C-USA Coach of the Year: John Calipari of Memphis



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NCAA3

Final Four complete! These teams go to Salem -by Moritz Korff

Amherst, Ursinus, Hope and Washington University in St. Louis will make the trip to Salem and participate in this year's Final Four of the NCAA Division 3 Men's Basketball Championships.
The defending champions Amherst took revanche for a loss they had suffered against Brandeis during the season and knocked off the Judges 65:55. The Lord Jeffs will take on Ursinus in the Semifinal that overcame Coast Guard 82:76. Like Amherst also the Washington University has also been in Salem last year. This time the Bears advanced to the Semis by defeating Millsaps 57:46. Finally Hope topped Wheaton 83:70 and made the Final Four for the first time since 1998.

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NEW ZEALAND

Auckland Stars gain the speed -by Eurobasket News
Canterbury Rams - Auckland Stars 86:95

The Stars once again relied on the sizzling performance from forward Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) to gain the third victory in the season. Auckland visited Canterbury at the Cowles Stadium in Christchurch and pulled away a comfortable win. The game was an even contest throughout three frames before Casey Frank took over and carried the visitors to another success. The hosts led 31:28 after the opening stanza but gradually the Stars shook off sloppiness and leveled the contest. Dylan Perfect-Tait (189-G-87) fired 5/5 from beyond the arc and Auckland grabbed a 52:51 advantage at halftime. The Rams however stayed close paced by Jeremy Kench (184-G-84). The teams were all square at 72 at three-quarter time. But an impressive accuracy in the final period allowed the visitors to run away with a victory. Casey Frank poured in 10 points in the final term and ensured the positive outcome for the Stars. He finished the game with outstanding 23 points, 10 boards, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) provided 20 points, while Dillon Boucher (196-G-75) nearly missed a triple-double with 13 points, 13 boards and 8 assists for the winners. Jeremy Kench scored 18 points, dished out 7 assists and made 6 steals for the Rams. Joey Harrell (204-F-85, agency: 540 Sports) had 15 and 6 boards as Canterbury fell to 1-2 record. Auckland shot solid 62% from the field, while the hosts managed just 45% of field goals. The visitors also outrebounded their opponents 43:30 committing 22 turnovers at the same time.
Canterbury visit Wellington next Sunday. Auckland will take on the Otago Nuggets at the ASB Stadium on Thursday.

Canterbury: Jeremy Kench 18, Joey Harrell 15
Auckland: Casey Frank 23+10 boards, Dylan Perfect-Tait 21, Adrian Majstrovich 20, Dillon Boucher 13+13 boards


Standings Men
NBL Standings
1. Auckland 3-1
2. Nelson 3-2
3. Waikato 2-0
4. Harbour Heat 2-1
5. Wellington 2-2
6. G&H Hawks 1-1
7. Canterbury 1-2
8. Taranaki 1-2
9. Otago 0-2
10. Manawatu 0-2


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PHILIPPINES

Magnolia Signs Watkins -by Lorenzo Gahol
The Magnolila Beverage Masters will have Watkins Jameel (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) to rely on when the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Fiesta Conference starts on March 29. Magnolia beat Red Bull for the 2.07-meter former National Basketball Association player, who is coming off a stint in the Chinese league. Watkins is not new to the PBA as he played for the Shell Turbo Chargers in the 2005 season. He averaged more than 27 points and 18 rebounds in his first stint in the league. Meanwhile, Magnolia's sister team Purefoods has acquired Darius Rice, who is the nephew of National Football League star Jerry Rice. J. Bagulaya

Red Bull Import Still A Mystery -by Lorenzo Gahol
MANILA - With almost all of the teams ready with their imports for the Philippine Basketball Association Fiesta Conference, Red Bull seems to be taking its time hiring a reinforcement. Coach Yeng Guiao said the management has yet to decide on the Barakos' import with less than two weeks left before the conference kicks off. Team consultant Andy Jao is still scouting for the right import for Red Bull, he added. The Barakos were rumored to be wooing National Basketball Association great Karl Malone, but the plan eventually fizzled out. Meanwhile, Rich Alvarez will be ready for the coming conference, which kicks off on March 29. Guiao said the former Ateneo Blue Eagle's return will shore up the team's frontline, which include Mick Pennisi and Mike Hrabak. J. Bagulaya

Red Bull enlists tall Mexican national team mainstay -by Hector Santos
Losing Jameel Watkins to Magnolia may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Red Bull as the Photokina Marketing franchise instead got a taller and probably more talented import in Adam Parada (213-C-81, agency: Octagon, college: Cal-Irvine).

Parada, among the last cut in the Los Angeles Lakers lineup for the 2005 NBA season, is expected to arrive here tomorrow.

A legitimate seven-footer, the 26-year-old California-Irvine product, who's a mainstay of the Mexican national team, will be the tallest among all the imports set to see action in the PBA Fiesta Cup firing off March 29 in Panabo, Davao del Norte.

Red Bull coach Yeng Guiao expressed interest on Watkins, a former Shell import, but was beaten to the draw by Magnolia.

The cast of imports in the coming reinforced tourney is now complete with Red Bull enlisting Parada.

Bobby Burries and Jason Dixon will play Coca-Cola, Cory Santee and Jason Keep for Welcoat, Rahshon Turner for Ginebra, Wesley Wilson for Sta. Lucia, Randy Holcomb for Alaska, Aaron McGhee for Talk n Text, Darius Rice for Purefoods and Steve Thomas for Air21.

Parada, who weighs 265 pounds, played with the Sacramento Kings in the most recent NBA summer league, averaging two points and three assists a game.

He's long been a member of the Mexican national team, making an impact for the team in the last Tournament of the Americas.

Three years ago, Red Bull also unveiled a legitimate seven-foot import in Earl Baron who later made the NBA, playing for the Miami champion team bannered by Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal.

Red Bull has proved to have a good eye for import talent, recruiting Tony Lang and James Penny who powered the team to championships.

The Bulls have always been a contender in reinforced tourneys. (Nelson Beltran/Philstar)


Ekwe Gets NCCA Approval -by Lorenzo Gahol

MANILA - Nigerian Samuel Ekwe (203-C) of the San Beda Red Lions will suit up for the Harbour Centre Batang Pier team that will compete in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia, next month. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) gave its go signal for the former Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Players awardee to play as Harbour's import. The Batang Pier are the defending champions of the tournament, which is slated from April 3 to 7. J. Bagulaya


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PORTUGAL

Luis Silveira put a end to his coach career -by Bruno Baltazar
Portuguese coach and Belenenses head coach Luis Silveira putted a end to his great basketball coach career with a great win.
After yesterday win against 2 time portuguese champs(Belenenses won against Ovarense 83-72)he decided to announce his retirement as a coach but not as a basketball person as his next step will be in the Seixal youth teams.
After the game in the press conference the coach was really emotional,he told he decided this 2 weeks ago and was ''obligated''to retire due to health problems.
He has 67 years old and spend 43 years of his life dedicated to basketball,coached the youth teams of Seixal and Montijo in the past.


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PUERTO RICO

Rivas superb effort helps Crabbers defeat Cariduros -by Luis Ramirez
Luis Rivas (200-F-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: W.Illinois) had an excellent game as he poured in 20 points and had 12 rebounds to help the Santurce Crabbers rebound from consecutives losses on their prior two games as they beat the Cariduros 74-66. The game was practically decided in the 1st quarter as the Crabbers took a 9 point lead 18-9. They played an even 2nd quarter as each team went on to score 17 points to end the half with exactly the same lead as in the 1st. In the second half Fajardo tried to get into the game by throwing bombs from the 3 point line but missed most of them and at the end of the 3rd quarter the Cariduros were down by 12 points 54-42. In the 4th quarter the Cariduros made a better offensive effort but it was too little too late. Luis Rivas was simply too much for the Cariduros.

In the other game on tap for the night the Bayamon Cowboys handed Humacao another loss as they beat the Grays 81-70. The Grays have only won only 1 game so far during this season and thing just don't seem to click for the Grays. The Cowboys took the 1st quarter 19-18 and were also leading at the end of the 1st half 38-35. During the 2nd half the Cowboys continued to keep the Grays in check and finally cruised to a victory. For Bayamon, Christopher Vega (182-G-84) scored 26 points followed by David Anderson (203-F-81, agency: EM-PA, college: Marshall) with 14 points. For Humacao, Roberto Nieves (194-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Valparaiso) cored 17 points to lead all Grays players. It is worth mentioning that Lee Benson (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) captured 28 rebounds in the game and also added 10 for the Cowboys.


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SERBIA

Latest signings -by Dragan Jankovski
Dalibor Djapa (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) moved from the leading team of Serbian A league, Swisslion Takovo, to Slovenian team Krka Novo Mesto, who currently has 14 wins and 4 defeats in 1A league. In the past Djapa used to play for Beograd and Sinalco Spartak.

Napredak Rubin from Krusevac added Vladimir Zujovic (201-F/G-80, agency: Beo Basket, college: Lock Haven) to its roster until the end of the current championship. Zujovic started the season in Swisslions Takovo and later he joined Achilleas Kaimakliou from Cyprus.


Miroslav Nikolic leaves Hemofarm STADA ? -by Dragan Jankovski
After last night's defeat against Zadar at home 74-83, well respected head coach of Hemofarm STADA Miroslav Nikolic decided to step down on his position. Namely, after the game coach Nikolic said that he decided to leave because management of the club doesn't believe him that this young team can not make better results than this. Nikolic also stated that he will have a meeting with club's management and he will lead Hemofarm in the second game of ULEB Cup 1/8 finals against Girona in Spain if team doesn't find a replacement for him until that time.

Management of BC Hemofarm will send an official statement about Nikolic's leaving to the media during the day becuase they want to talk with Nikolic first and try to persuade him to continue his very successful work.


Hemofarm STADA accepted Nikolic's resignation ! -by Dragan Jankovski
Management of Hemofarm STADA accepted resignation of their head coach Miroslav Nikolic, which he announced on his own request after the Saturday's defeat against Zadar at home. On the official press conference after the game Nikolic stated that management doesn't believe him that the team makes the best results and that it is their maximum. He also stated that he doesn't have support from the management.

Hemofarm's officials didn't want to comment Nikolic's resignation because he didn't want to talk with them before he officially resigned. They stated that Hemofarm is a team with big ambitions who wants maximum from everyone.

Hemofarm STADA will try to find a replacement for Nikolic during the next week. Nikolic's assistants Miodrag Rajkovic and Goran Topic will lead the team in the second game of ULEB Cup 1/8 finals which Hemofarm will play in Girona on Tuesday.


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SLOVAKIA

Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
1. Pezinok 28-6
2. Inter Brat. 24-10
3. Svit 21-13
4. Lucenec 21-13
5. Nova Ves 21-13
6. Handlova 18-16
7. Nitra 16-18
8. Levice 15-19
9. Komarno 15-19
10. Prievidza 13-21
11. Dolny Kubin 7-27
12. Kosice TU 5-29


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SLOVENIA

2nd round of play-out -by Uros Vujic
Zagorje KD FT led by Gilbert Goodrich (178-PG-82) and Milos Savkovic (207-F/C-86) won 4 out of last 5 games. Gilbert Goodrich scored incredible league/season high 43 points (2P 5/6,3P 7/11,FT 12/16) and Milos savkovic added 15 points and collected 7 rebounds for Zagorje KD FT victory at Polzla 91-94. Jasmin Catovic (199-F-83) and Klemen Breze (198-F-82) scored 18 points for Hopsi.

Alpos Sentjur registered a new victory by defeating Rogla Zrece 65-79. Tadej Kostomaj (187-G-87) scored 21 points and had 7 assists for the winners. Dejan Grkovic (203-F/C-84) had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Rogla Zrece.


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SOUTH KOREA

The ET land blackslammers have a chance to end the longest postseason drought in the KBL,but lately they haven't been playing like they want to take advantage of the opportunity. -by Sean Choi
The ET land blackslammers have a chance to end the longest postseason drought in the KBL,but lately they haven't been playing like they want to take advantage of the opportunity.

The ET land can move back into playoff position friday when they host the struggling LG sakers.

Atlanta which has not reached the postseason since 2004.

The ET land played tough defense last saturday ,holding the KT&G to 19 percent shooting- the lowest of any opponent this season.
The ET land, however, shot 37 percent, its third-highest mark of the season.
It's been tough,but we will see which team is going to make the playoff .


Standings
KBL Standings
1. Dongbu 37-14
2. KCC 32-19
3. Samsung 30-21
4. KT&G 30-22
5. LG 29-23
6. ET 27-24
7. SK 26-25
8. KTF 22-30
9. Mobis 13-38
10. Orions 11-41


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SPAIN

Round 25 ACB -by Paul Nilsen
Round 25 of this seasons ACB will be remembered for one result alone and that is a famous win for the oranges of lowly Fuenlabrada WRITES WW.ACB-BASKET.COM. The Madrid club went to the home court of Unicaja and collected a remarkable 100-105 double overtime win at the Martin Carpena. It was just as well that the lowest Unicaja crowd of the season were there to watch in horror as the shock result happened with two sublime performances from Tom Wideman and Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) going a long way to perhaps securing ACB basketball for Fuenla next year. It certainly made up for last weeks dismal home loss to relegation rivals Leon and it a real bonus for their supporters. Wideman recorded a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds while Blanco top scored with 25 points. The visitors simply kept pace with Unicaja all throughout the match and indeed were always just ahead for the most part. They almost blew their chance at the end of the first period of overtime but finally saw the victory even though some key players were fouled out. Malaga had some 6 players all reaching double figure scores but nobody who went that extra to pull a win out of the bag. Fuenla move up slightly while Unicaja are looking very disappointing this year and maybe the number of spectators at a usually brilliantly supported club tells the big story of their campaign.

The other team at the bottom of the standings to really profit this Round was Cajasol. The Seville club and Fuenlabrada were the only two clubs out of the bottom eight teams to pick up wins. Cajasol overcame Valladolid 81-76 thanks mainly to a terrific first quarter performance when they scored 33 points to establish a 14 point lead. It was definately important as the second quarter belonged to Valladolid who hauled themselves back into the game. However 22 points from Poland born Michal Ignerski helped Seville to the win and he was well supported byMichalis Kakiouzis. Valladolid had Gomis with 17 points while Eley and Yebra scored 16 a piece but it was realistically the end of their outside play-off dreams as they now look to make safety their first aim.

It was a real downer for the two bottom clubs Leon and Estudiantes who fell to defeats that will be hard to take. In the bottom versus top clash, Leon launched a dramtic fight back against leaders Real Madrid but eventually went down 89-77. They had trailed the Whites by as many as 18 before somehow shocking the title chasing team by levelling the game at 73-73 in the final quarter. However Madrid stepped it up in the last five minutes to seal a win and they certainly did not want any overtime after their Euroleague experience last week. Bruno Sundov was the main man for Leon for the second successive week with 18 points while Lamont Barnes chipped in with 14. However despite Leon playing with a lot of spirit and composure after their terrible 30-19 start when the game looked to be over, the talent of Madrid and a fighting display by the irrepressible Felipe Reyes saved the day. He scored 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in a performance that should not be underestimated with the mightly Real feeling vulnerable after Euroleague disappointment.

Back in the capital, their big city rivals Estudiantes couldn't recover from a pathetic start in a crunch game against Girona. Many people had spoken of a new dawn for Estu and the start of a run that will save their ACB status bearing in mind last weeks road win. Filled with lots of fire and hope, the 10,000 Estu fanatics hopes were extinguished in less than 10 minutes when Girona gave them a mountain to climb by racing into a 29 16 lead. The homee team then made a great fight back in the second quarter but just couldn't pull the lead back with their efforts taking their toll as the visiting team eased to a 82-74 success. 23 points from Marc Gasol, the talisman of Akasvayu while Estu head coach Velimir Perasovic will know that shooting just 38% from two point range wont win you many basketball games. Estu remain firmly in trouble with the former Tau coach having plenty to do between now and the end of the season with games running out pretty soon.

ViveMenorca had a good start at Granada but the first five minutes was as good as it got for Ricard Casas and his team who were always second best after this and went down 94-76 to fall into third bottom place. A stellar performance by Andrea Pecile for the home team won the day with the Italian scoring 27 points to go with his 6 rebounds and five assists as Granada try to see the season out in post-Borchardt territory. Casas meanwhile will be telling the likes of the highly paid Paul Shirley and Chris Moss that he needs more if the early season promise that has disappeared is to be found again to keep them in the top division.

The other team down at the bottom to suffer a really worrying loss were Ricoh Manresa who like Menorca had a steady start and in fact highly impressive start to the season. Once the surprise element disappeared it has been a reality check for them and losing 66-80 at home to Gran Canaria highlights this fact. Manresa were almost behind from start to finish and never truly in the game, turning the ball over 20 times and while they improved after the half time break, it just wasn't enough. Granca are still harbouring hopes of a play-off spot but unless Unicaja or Girona falter badly then they will miss out although three-point shooter and local guy Roberto Guerra did everything he could in this contest to keep their hopes alive with 17 points.

While Fuenla winning in Malaga was a big story, the big game of the weekend was the Basque derby between Tau Ceramica and the home court though still injury hit Iurbentia Bilbao. Tau always looked favourites to win this one both before and during the game. Bilbao are really losing form badly with their injury problems and are in freefall right now. Tau were in control throughout and with no offensive firepower without Recker, Weis and Rancik, the home team scored just 9 point in the first quarter to underline this problem. Baskonia took full advantage and cruised to a 78-60 victory with Tiago Splitter scoring a game high 18 points. Tau consolidate third spot with Barca as Bilbao look to have an uphill battle for home advantage in the play offs and will have to keep one eye on the fact they do not slip down as far as ninth place!

Barcelona picked up an impressive victory at Pamesa Valencia who have been resurgent of late. It was an important win for Barca and while their 75-68 success was hardly a classic, they win this war of attrition which is all that matters. It was a generally powerful inside display by Barca although the game itself was scrappy with the home team dying by their reliance on the three-point shot which they didn't do well. The highlight of a disappointing game was 9 assists from Argentine point guard Pepe Sanchez.

Finally DKV Joventut just keep on going on their hot run of 2008 with another scintillating performance ensuring they stay in second place. Having put on a master class in the ULEB last week at Khimki, they did pretty much the same at Polaris World Murcia where they recorded a 72-92 win against a team that have generally done pretty well against the big teams at home. One of the biggest crowds of the season turned up to watch Badalona eventually stamp their authority on the game after the first quarter ended up all tied at 24-24. Jan-Henrick Jagla and Rudy Fernandez combined for 44 points while Sonseca and Moiso did the dirty work on the boards with 20 rebounds between them. Veteran Lou Roe picked up 18 points for the disappointed home team.


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SWEDEN

Round 32 Saturday games -by Eurobasket News
Uppsala Basket and Oresundskraft Basket grabbed the last wins in Round 32 of Swedish league.
Uppsala Basket had a road win over Sodertalje Kings that is a sensational result of the round. The remains fourth in the league, while Uppsala struggles with Oresundskraft Basket for the 6th. A 18:19 in the opening quarter did not give the visitors a control of the game as Sodertalje Kings replied with 23:21 in the second. A decisive third quarter sent the guests with 16:31 in front. They held the score for good and now 16-16 in the standings. Fredrik Jonzen (207-C/F-78, college: Oklahoma St.) paced the winners with 22 points. Joel Guei and Thomas Jackson (175-G-80, college: Butler) supported him with 15 points each. Johan Jeansson chipped in 26 points in defeat.
Oresundskraft Basket is also 16-16 in the league after a home win over Gothia Basket 89:67. Here the hosts dominated in the whole game taking control in the first quarter with 25:19. A step-by-step lead brought 14 points advantage at the half and then it was not a big deal to end the campaign. Herman Favors (173-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Georgia St.) led the winners with 21 points. Jens Stalhandske and Johan ┼kesson posted 13 apiece. Chris Sanders (202-F-82, college: Master's) ended up with 17 points for Gothia Basket.

Sodertalje Kings - Uppsala Basket 77 - 91 (18 - 19, 23 - 21, 16 - 31, 20 - 20)
Sodertalje: Johan Jeansson 26, Tom Liden 15, Alexander Wikner-Nordberg 15, Greg Dilligard 6, Rickard Eriksson 5, Tim Kearney 4, Dino Pita 4, Ludwig Degernas 2.
Uppsala: Fredrik Jonzen 22, Joel Guei 15, Thomas Jackson 15, Borislav Djordjic 14, Mikael ┼hrberg 11, Anton Gaddefors 4, Aron Molnar 4, Andreas Person 2, Elias Westerlund 2, Manno Nakos 2.

Oresundskraft Basket - Gothia Basket 89 - 67 (25 - 19, 20 - 12, 20 - 13, 24 - 23)
Oresundskraft: Herman Favors 21, Jens Stalhandske 13, Johan ┼kesson 13, Serabilo Boucari 10, Tomas Cerkunovas 7, Richard Flink 7, Anders Ronndahl 7, Srdjan Vukovic 6, Jonas Christensen 5.
Gothia: Chris Sanders 17, Darnell Lazare (203-F-85, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU) 15, Tim Smith 9, Emil Salon 9, Kim Palmqvist 6, Erik Vestin 4, Daniel Dajic 3, Mario Drazic 2, Srdjan Damjanovic 2.


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SWITZERLAND

SAM Massagno clinches regular season title in LNB -by Eurobasket News
Massagno Basket won the LNB regular season as they celebrated victory in Round 21 and became unreachable with one game left to play. In Round 20 Massagno quite unexpectedly fell short to Martigny away from home. The second-placed Villars used the loss to narrow the distance to the league leaders. But SAM Massagno quickly rebounded and bumped the Zurich Wildcats 72:61 in Round 21. Villars at the same time lost their game to Martigny and lost the chance to fight for the top spot in the ladder.
Massagno trailed by 2 points at the first intermission in the game against the Wildcats but a stunning 24:10 second term lifted the hosts in front and they never looked back again. Cory Lewis (183-G-83, college: Colorado St.) paced Massagno with 25 points, 6 boards and 4 assists. Omar Zanolari (195-F-81) provided 14 points and 10 boards for the winners. Nicholas King (201-F/G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.Augustine) was tremendous for the Zurich Wildcats as he produced game-high 44 points and 18 boards in defeat.
Martigny exploded with two sensational victories over the league top squads in Round 20 and 21 and climbed to 9-13 record in the ladder. First they bruised Massagno 92:79 behind 25 points and 20 boards from Cam-Ron Clay (203-F). Serge Tindom (187-F-81) was also productive with 16 points and 9 boards in a win. Later Martigny surprised Villars Basket away from home 100:83. This time it was Raphael Moret (200-F-84) to pace his teammates with 25 points and 7 boards. Blaise Meynet (176-G-84) had 21 points in a winning clause. Julien Fiechter (190-G/F-83) scored 21 points for the hosts in a loss.


Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
1. Fribourg 18-3
2. Lugano Tigers 17-4
3. The Starwings 15-6
4. Monthey 13-8
5. Boncourt 10-10
6. Vacallo 10-11
7. Herens 9-11
8. Geneve 9-12
9. Nyon 8-13
10. Lausanne 7-14
11. Meyrin Gr.-S. 5-16
12. Vevey 4-17


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
1. SAM Massa. 18-3
2. Villars 17-5
3. Chene 14-7
4. Neuchatel 14-8
5. Luzern 12-10
6. BC Korac Z. 11-11
7. Bernex 9-12
8. Vernier 9-13
9. Martigny 9-13
10. Zurich W. 6-15
11. Cossonay 2-20


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TAIWAN

Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
1. Yulon Dinos 23-6
2. Taiwan Beer 19-10
3. dmedia 19-10
4. Pure Youth 15-14
5. Dacin 12-17
6. Taiw.Mobile 8-20
7. Bank of Taiwan 5-24


dmedia, TB to meet in playoffs -by Chris Wang
Dmedia and Taiwan Beer won Sunday night and were still tied at 19-10 one week to go before the end of the regular season. No matter how the final placing is, both team will meet in the first round playoffs.

Both Sunday games went down to the wire.

Ouyang Ching-heng made two free-throws to clinch the win for dmedia after BOT's Lin Chun-feng's three with 1.9 seconds to go cut the deficit to two.

Ho Shou-cheng, who had 26 points and 7 rebounds, put back a basket with 7.2 seconds left as Taiwan Beer edged Dacin and won its third straight game.

In the other playoff matchup, Yulon Dinos will meet No.4 Pure Youth.

dmedia 90-86 BOT
dmedia: J. Sanders 24p+21rb+8a, Ouyang Ching-heng 21p, Lin Kwan-lun 19p+6rb+6a
BOT: Hsu Chih-chiang 31p+15rb, Lin Chun-feng 18p, Lin Tsun-ching 14p

TB 92-91 Dacin
TB: Ho Shou-cheng 26p+7rb, Lin Chih-chieh 14p+8rb, Ha Hsiao-yuan 11p
Dacin: Su Yi-chieh 23p+6a, Lin Yi-hui 23p, Chen Tsu-wei 21p


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TURKEY

Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Group A
1. Tofas 17-3
2. Pertevniyal 16-4
3. Vestel 15-5
4. Usak 12-8
5. Eyup 10-10
6. Akcakoca P. 10-10
7. Genc Banvit. 10-10
8. FMV Isik 10-10
9. Gazi Univ. 8-12
10. Orman 6-14
11. Cukurova 4-16
12. Izmir Bld. 2-18
Group B
1. Aliaga 18-2
2. Erdemir 16-4
3. ITU 14-6
4. Canakkale 13-7
5. Duzce Genclik 12-8
6. Yesilyurt 11-9
7. Bursa B-bol 9-11
8. Ankara Basket 9-11
9. Gelisim 8-12
10. TED Istanbul 7-13
11. Golcuk 3-17
12. Anadolu Univ. 0-20


TB2L : week 20 -by Onur Decani

This week was interesting because in all matches which were played in Group A of TB2L , won the teams on road , including the Group B , from the 12 played matches were 10 victories of teams on road.
Group A leader Tofas got another victory , this time with a huge difference , 101-63 against Isikspor and keep leading. Serhat Buker (202-F-81) scored 24 points for Tofas. In the Group B , Aliaga got the second lose of the season , with minimal differnece 72-71 against Canakkale , but they still lead the Group B with 2 wins more than Erdemir. Pertevniyal had a great performance , to beat Cukurova 101-75. The best scorer was Orhan Haciyeva (-89) , who scored 25 points.

Group A :
FMV Isikspor - Tofas : 63-101
Cukurova - Pertevniyal : 75-101
Izmir Bld. - Gazi Uni. : 63-89
Orman - Genc Banvit : 76-93
Usak - Eyup : 66-85
Akcakoca p. - Vestel : 80-92

Group B :
Anadolu Univ. - Duzce Genclik : 78-105
Bursa Basketbol - ITU : 75-86
Gelisim Koleju - Ankara Basket : 83-68
Yesilyurt - Erdemir : 57-65
Canakkale - Aliaga : 72-71
Golcuk - TED Istanbul : 93-101



Beko TBL : Week 24 -by Onur Decani

It was not hard for Besiktas to beat Banvitspor at Akatlar Arena. Besiktas won the match 108-89. In the first half Besiktas had a great performance , making a 33 points difference in the part , and finishing the 1st half 61-32. Besiktas players were making show and the spectators were excited. But the difference didn't get larger because in the second half , substitutions were playing at the most of time for Besiktas. But they also had a good performance and the difference at the end of the game was 19 points , 108-89 . Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) scored 26 points and also 13 rebounds to make double-double. Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) made his best performance for Besiktas until now , scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds.Last weeks Uleb Cup MVP , Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) contributed with 15 points - 3 assists - 3 rebounds , while Rick Apodaca (192-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Hofstra) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. In the other side Kenny Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford) (205-C-83, college: Hartford) was the best scorer of the match scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds , but not enough to stop Besiktas to make another victory and keep leading.

Maybe the Antalya - Efes Pilsen match was the derby of this week , like that was the game too. The winner was decided just in the last 40 seconds , because the two teams were ahead several times. Antalya made the biggest difference (8 points) in the start of 4th quarter , score was 63-55 .They were ahead until Mustafa Abi (197-G-79) started scoring and the score changed in the last 3 minutes. Efes Pilsen won the match 82-77 . The top scorer of the match was Ermal Kurtoglu (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) of Efes Pilsen who scored 20 points - 6 rebounds , Mustafa Abi (197-G-79) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. For Antalya Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) made double-double with 17 points - 10 rebounds.

Khalid Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) scored 26 points to help his team Turk Telekom in thier victory against P.Karsiyaka 96-93. For Karsiyaka , Geno Carlisle (190-G-76, college: California) (190-G-76, college: California) scored 28 points.

Fenerbahce Ulker won against Darussafaka with their good performance in the last quarter to make the score 90-78.

Galatasaray beat Kepez Bld. , but just 4 points difference 76-72. The top scorer of the match was Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) of Kepez who scored 27 points , but couldn't bring a victory for his team.


Best Five :


Kenny Adeleke of Banvit

Kaya Peker of Besiktas

Khalid El-Amin of Turk Telekom

Lorenzo Gordon of Kepez Bld.

Geno Carlisle of P.Karsiyaka



Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
1. Besiktas 19-5
2. Efes P. 18-6
3. T.Telekom 16-8
4. Fenerbahce 16-8
5. Galatasaray 16-8
6. Antalya 15-9
7. Karsiyaka 14-10
8. Kepez Bld 11-13
9. Mersin 10-14
10. TED Koleji 10-14
11. Banvitspor 9-15
12. Oyak Renault 9-15
13. Selcuk Uni. 8-16
14. Alpella 8-16
15. Beykoz 7-17
16. Darussafaka 6-18


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U.KINGDOM

Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
1. Newcastle E. 22-3
2. Plymouth R. 20-7
3. Guildford H. 16-7
4. Milton Key. 16-9
5. Scottish R. 15-11
6. Everton T. 12-12
7. Worcester W. 12-15
8. Sheffield S. 11-14
9. Cheshire J. 8-16
10. Leicester R. 8-20
11. London C. 7-17
12. Birmingh.P. 5-20


Plymouth Raiders follow the leader -by Eurobasket News
Saturday three games brought two wins for the home teams and one for the team on a road. Kularoos Plymouth Raiders follow the leader in the championship ladder after another 85:66 over Everton Tigers. Raiders trailed 18:20 at the first quarter but had 40:39 at the interval. Later on the host dominated in the court in reached another win in the league. Andrew Lasker (188-G-82, college: Point Loma) led the winners with 22 points. Moore netted 21, while Beasley scored 13. Davis and Midgley ended up with 19 points in defeat.
Leicester Riders forgot when was the last time they celebrated the victory in the Championship and produced 78:65 win over Sheffield Sharks. The first and second quarters saw them lead 20:10 after ten minutes and 40:22 at half time. White top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Roderick Wellington (193-F-78) nailed 16, whilst Burns added 10. Whyte finished the game with 15 points in the losing clause.
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets smashed Team Birmingham Panthers on a road 79:117. Marlon Jules (-G)'s effort was not enough for the home side against the opponent. He poured in 27 points and A Williams netted 18.Jayson Obazuaye (188-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Colorado) paced the winners with 22 points. Hamilton scored 21 and Moore chipped in 20.

Team Birmingham Panthers 79-117 BiG Storage Cheshire Jets
Panthers: Marlon Jules 27, A Williams 18, L Williams 15
Jets: Jayson Obazuaye 22, Hamilton 21, Moore 20

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 78-65 Sheffield Sharks
Riders: White 24, Roderick Wellington 16, Burns 10
Sharks: Whyte 15, Lyons 11, Graham 11

Kularoos Plymouth Raiders 85-66 Everton Tigers
Raiders: Andrew Lasker 22, Moore 21, Beasley 13
Tigers: Davis 19, Midgley 19, Aliu 12


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VENEZUELA

Here we go! -by Wolfgang Lucena

Guaiqueries de Margarita hit first on defending its crown in the opening of the 2008 Professional basketball league of Venezuela. The hero of tonight game was 9 years experienced Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) whom made six points from the three point line during the last quarter of the game; Torcatt finished with 12 points for the tribe.
Panteras of Miranda had a great night as well but the luck was not with them at this time.

The last score of tonight game was, Guaiqueries 77 , Panteras of Miranda 71



Cats unstoppable -by Wolfgang Lucena
Cats won the second game consecutive to Guayana to reach the first spot of the classification with a tremendous 7-1 record.
Cats got improved its offensive system during the second half with
Kenya Capers (194-F-73, college: Houston) and Alejandro Flores (201-F,college: E.Oklahoma St. C) as leaders.
Kenya made 18 points helped by Alejandro Flores 15 points and 8 rebounds followed by the captain
Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76, college: Mc Clennan CC) with 11 points.
Next week Gatos are going to be eating seafood over Puerto La Cruz facing Marinos de Oriente.
The final score was Gatos 73 , Guayana 68


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
1. Gatos 7-1
2. Trotamundos 6-1
3. Guaiqueries 5-3
4. Cocodrilos 4-3
5. Panteras 3-4
6. Gaiteros 3-4
7. Dep.Tachira 2-3
8. Guaros 2-6
9. Marinos 1-4
10. Gigantes 1-5




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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

Vojvodina wins two in a row -by Eurobasket News
Gospic had a road win over Jedinstvo 60:83 to finish the regular season with 14-4 record. Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) paced all the winners with 16 points. Marina Mazic (190-C-80) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Mirjana Tabak (182-F-72) scored 14. Jasmina Bigovic (176-G-79) produced 15 points in defeat as Jedinstvo will have one more game with Sibenik.
Gospic won the opening tip and attacked from the start for the game's first points. Croatian team grabbed 14:22 advantage after the first 10 minutes of the game. Jedinstvo responded with aggressive offense in the second period. A 19:19 quarter brought 33:41 for Gospic when the teams disappeared in the lockers. The second half started somehow familiar, but then again Croatian team started to increase. The question about the winner was ready in the end of the third quarter when Gospic had 17 points lead. They started the final quarter from downtown and led the game to the happy end. Gospic finishes regular season on the third position, however this is not what they could dream of.
Three postponed games were played over the last few days in Adriatic League. Vojvodina played in two of them and got two victories. In the game over Ragusa the team from Serbia was stronger 68:63. Another good game was played between Vojvodina and Mladi krajisnik. Serbian team won the first three quarters and kept the advantage for good, 73:67. Vojvodina began the contest with a lay-up and converted a play to trim the advantage. The hosts enjoyed 23:19 lead at the end of the first period. Mladi krajisnik struggled against Vojvodina's defense, but could not progress in the second. Another 22:14 in the period led the hosts to 45:33. After the break, the tempo of the game slowed a bit down as the teams were ready for the last quarter. Vojvodina set up the score for 13 points lead entering the final stanza. It was the time for Mladi krajisnik to finish the campaign truthfully. The last period saw the Bosnian team playing the basketball they enjoyed more and as a result 13:20 run. It was not however enough to upset the hosts as Vojvodina won 73:67. Smiljana Ivanovic (176-G-88) led the winners with 14 points. Jefimija Karakasevic (191-C-89) netted 13, while Iva Musulin (170-G-84) posted 10. Dragoslava Zakula (173-G-73) finished the game with 18 points in the losing effort.

Vojvodina- Mladi krajisnik 73:67 (23-19, 22-14, 15-14, 13-20)
Vojvodina:Smiljana Ivanovic 14, Jefimija Karakasevic 13, Iva Musulin 10
Mladi krajisnik:Dragoslava Zakula 18, Aida Pilav (187-C-87) 17

Vojvodina -Ragusa 68:63

Jedinstvo -Gospic 60:83 (14-22, 19-19, 11-20, 14-22)

Jedinstvo:Jasmina Bigovic 15, Bojana Vucinic (180-G-82) 11
Gospic: Sandra Popovic-Mandir 16, Marina Mazic 15+10 rebs, Mirjana Tabak 14


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
1. Sibenik 15-2
2. Buducnost 15-3
3. Gospic 14-4
4. Ragusa 10-8
5. Crvena Zv. 10-8
6. Jedinstvo 6-11
7. Celje 6-11
8. Medvescak 5-13
9. Vojvodina 4-13
10. M.Kraj. BL 3-15


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BELGIUM - Women

Standings - Women
D1 Standings
1. Dexia 4-1
2. BBC Boom 3-2
3. Waregem 3-2
4. Sint Kateline 2-0
5. Point Chaud 2-2
6. Houthalen 1-1
7. Monceau 1-2
8. Runkster 0-2
9. N.Namur 0-5


IMC Waregem defeats Dexia Namur -by Eurobasket News
IMC Waregem used a 21:4 start to defeat Dexia Namur 58:54. It was the first loss for the defending champions in the top group as they have now 4-1. IMC Waregem is still struggling with BBC Boom for the second position as both squads stay with 3-2. Kamila Oplustilova (188-C-78) led IMC Waregem with 22 points and Deyaert scored 13. Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69) top-scored for Dexia with 19 points.
The hosts dominated in the opening quarter and shocked the guests with 21-4 lead. They increased to 25:6 in the beginning of the second and it was hardly believed that the game would change the scenario. Dexia did not fall down and replied with 4:16 in the second period to reduce to 25:20. IMC Waregem kept rolling as the team produced 23:19 in the third quarter. An interesting end saw the spectators as a first Krystyna Szymanska-Lara cut the deficit to 54:51 with more than 3 minutes to play. Carpreaux tied the game at 54:54 but the hosts scored the last four points of the game. It was a god game and we expect the intrigue in the semis and Final.
In another game BBC Boom overcame Novia Munalux Namur 73:65. Corina Arts (184-C-76) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Renee Hendrickx (172-F-88) added 24. Stephanie Dubuc (175-F/G-85) resisted with 20 points in the losing clause.

BBC Boom - Novia Munalux Namur 73-65
Boom: Callebaut 2, Schnorbusch, Van den Vonder 13, Blommaers 4, Renee Hendrickx 24, Va Driel, Corina Arts 26, De Meyer, Lackner 4
Novia Munalux: Deneil, Stephanie Dubuc 20, Remy 4, Decors 12, Ippersiel 1, Caers 5, Dochez 7, Werpin 2, Nicolae 12, Fiasse 1

IMC Waregem - Dexia Namur 58-54
Waregem: Medvedeva 9, E. Billet 2, Op de Beeck 3, J. Billet 7, Boucquey 2, Van Respaille, Kamila Oplustilova 22, Deyaert 13
Dexia: Carpreaux 5, Krystyna Szymanska-Lara 19, Piotrkiewicz 8, Malashenko 6, Ciappina 12, Agabalova 4


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CANADA - Women

Katie Donovan top-scored in Cup Final -by Eurobasket News
Musel Pikes defended their Cup title clinching a narrow victory in the yesterday's Final. They took on T71 Dudelangewith Canadian Katie Donovan (183-F-82) in the Cup title defense and looked stronger to celebrate a well-deserved victory at the end. The teams entered the game carefully and tried to stay away from mistakes. Musel Pikes however were just a bit better what was reflected in the scoreline as they grabbed a 20:19 lead after 10 minutes. A dynamic duo of Amanda Stowe and Andrea Haris soon pumped Musel Pikes for a deeper advantage. They gained the speed leaving Dudelange behind. Musel Pikes built a 41:32 advantage at halftime and seemed dominant at the moment. Dudelange relied on their leader Katie Donovan but she regularly committed turnovers piling up as many as 8 at the end. Musel Pikes outmuscled their opponents under the rims and stretched the gap to 16 points at the end of the third period. Finally Dudelange began toiling for victory as they tightened the defense and some sparks of full-court press allowed them to limit Musel Pikes' offensive presence. Dudelange outgunned Musel Pikes 18:9 in the fourth period but it was never enough to succeed at the end. Amanda Stowe finished with game-high 25 points to pace Musel Pikes. Andrea Haris added 19 points, while Irina Mazjoukhina had 10 points and 13 boards for the winners. Katie Donovan produced 20 points and 10 boards for Dudelange. Alexandra Kugener had 15 points in defeat. Musel Pikes sank 58% from the field, while T71 Dudelange managed just 38%. The winners also outrebounded their counterparts 41:34 and forced those to 17 turnovers.
Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) also top-scored for her team and also in a loss. The leader of Turkish League Fenerbahce lost the second game after 18-0 record. The defending champions were upset at home by Migros 71:75 and now has 18-2. Esse led the winners with 18 points. Siyahdemir netted 14, while Tugce Inontepe had 13. Tammy Sutton-Brown ended up with 14 points for the defending champions. Migros bombed the hosts from the very beginning and took 20:23 advantage after the first 10 minutes, They increased to 8 points lead when the teams finished the first half. For Fenerbahce the things got better after the third quarter with 17:11 in it and it seemed that the favorite would clinch the victory. Migros had another opinion and produced 17:19 in the final stanza.


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CROATIA - Women

Gospic edges Jedinstvo -by Eurobasket News

Jedinstvo -Gospic 60:83 (14-22, 19-19, 11-20, 14-22)

Gospic had a road win over Jedinstvo 60:83 to finish the regular season with 14-4 record of Adriatic League. Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) paced all the winners with 16 points. Marina Mazic (190-C-80) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Mirjana Tabak (182-F-72) scored 14. Jasmina Bigovic (176-G-79) produced 15 points in defeat as Jedinstvo will have one more game with Sibenik.
Gospic won the opening tip and attacked from the start for the game's first points. Croatian team grabbed 14:22 advantage after the first 10 minutes of the game. Jedinstvo responded with aggressive offense in the second period. A 19:19 quarter brought 33:41 for Gospic when the teams disappeared in the lockers. The second half started somehow familiar, but then again Croatian team started to increase. The question about the winner was ready in the end of the third quarter when Gospic had 17 points lead. They started the final quarter from downtown and led the game to the happy end. Gospic finishes regular season on the third position, however this is not what they could dream of.

The game between Jedinstvo and Sibenik is scheduled for March 17th. It will be the last game of the regular season 2007-2008.

Jedinstvo:Jasmina Bigovic 15, Bojana Vucinic (180-G-82) 11
Gospic: Sandra Popovic-Mandir 16, Marina Mazic 15+10 rebs, Mirjana Tabak 14



Standings - Women
A1 Standings
1. Sibenik 3-0
2. Gospic 2-0
3. Medvescak 2-1
4. Zadar 1-2
5. Croatia 2006 0-0
6. Montmontaza 0-0
7. Mursa 0-0
8. Agram 0-0
9. Pozega 0-0
10. Novi Zagreb 0-0
11. Ragusa 0-2
12. Studenec O. 0-3


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CZECH REP. - Women

Latest news out of the country -by Eurobasket News
Kamila Oplustilova (188-C-78) and IMC Waregem used a 21:4 start to defeat Dexia Namur 58:54. It was the first loss for the defending champions in the top group as they have now 4-1. IMC Waregem is still struggling with BBC Boom for the second position as both squads stay with 3-2. Kamila Oplustilova led IMC Waregem with 22 points and Deyaert scored 13. Krystyna Szymanska-Lara top-scored for Dexia with 19 points.
The hosts dominated in the opening quarter and shocked the guests with 21-4 lead. They increased to 25:6 in the beginning of the second and it was hardly believed that the game would change the scenario. Dexia did not fall down and replied with 4:16 in the second period to reduce to 25:20. IMC Waregem kept rolling as the team produced 23:19 in the third quarter. An interesting end saw the spectators as a first Krystyna Szymanska-Lara cut the deficit to 54:51 with more than 3 minutes to play. Carpreaux tied the game at 54:54 but the hosts scored the last four points of the game. It was a god game and we expect the intrigue in the semis and Final.
Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) nailed 14 points in Euroleague All Star Game. Her European Stars were stronger than the Rest of the World beating them 111:86. With the victories in all quarters Europe was outstanding in the campaign. Amaya Valdemoro led the winners with 25 points. Hammon produced 17 points, Maria Stepanova collected 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Eva Viteckova was fourth in the scoring list. Cappie Pondexter shone for the Rest of the World with 24 points. Diana Taurasi opened the show with a three and then Nevriye Yilmaz brought first points for Europe. Right after Hammon made it 16:16, Europe started to control the game. Europe held the early advantage and secured 28:22 after the opening quarter. Chamique Holdsclaw made a jump-shot for the Rest of the World to stay in the game. Nevriye Yilmaz made plus 13 for Europe in the beginning of the second quarter making 37:24. Diana Taurasi reduced to 42:32 and then her team mate Jackson closed the first half at 56:44.In the second half, it was European Stars who came out strong and increased the lead. Eva Viteckova made it 85:63 after three quartets played. The last period both teams enjoyed the game and did not pay attention to the score as it was clear that Europe would benefit from the game. Rest of the World attempted to get back into the game, but could not close the deficit fully as Europe ran out eventual winners.


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DENMARK - Women

Amager clears off at the top -by Eurobasket News
Amager knocked down SISU in Round 19 to remain alone at the top of the Dameligaen. The teams entered the game being tied at 14-4 record on top of the standings but Amager used the home court advantage to upset their opponents and jump out to a lone lead in the tournament. SISU however led early in the game and ended the first frame up by 3 points 20:17. But Amager revived after the first intermission and quickly denied the deficit. The hosts surged ahead 39:36 at halftime and never looked back in the second half. Sussie Kruuse (192-C-83) led the action with 18 points and 8 boards for Amager. Catharina Jensen scored 14 points, while Emilie Ramberg (173-G-79) delivered 13 points for the winners. Mandakova Clark (170-G-82) answered with 19 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for SISU. Sarah Lini (183-F-82, college: Colorado) finished with 10 points and 4 boards in defeat.
Horsholm reached SISU in the ladder with an 85:48 rout of Falcon. The hosts dominated right from the start and never endangered a positive outcome. Kristine Jensen led well-balanced Horsholm's offense with 18 points, 6 boards and 5 assists. Pernille Jensen dropped 15 points, while Katrine Hounsgaard (168-G-84) scored 10 points in a victorious effort for the 79ers. Cecilie Homann (185-F-89) opposed the home side with 15 points and 11 boards. Sofie Nielsen totaled 14 points in a losing case.
Meanwhile Aabyhoj managed to extend the gap to 6th-ranked Virum beating them 63:49 at home court. Aabyhoj thus climbed to 7-11 record, leaving Virum at 6-13. The hosts opened the game quite aggressively and stunned the visiting side 20:4 in the first frame. Virum however were not take aback and outscored the hosts 26:12 in the second period to trim the deficit to 2 points at the long break. But Aabyhoj played a stifling defense in the second half and rolled to an overall win. Ida Krogh (182-G-91) scored 20 points to lead the home team. Ivana Kostic (170-G-85) responded with 16 points for Virum.


Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
1. Amager 15-4
2. Horsholm 14-4
3. SISU 14-5
4. Vitus B. 12-6
5. Aabyhoj 7-11
6. Virum 6-13
7. Falcon 3-14
8. Vaerlose 2-16


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EUROLEAGUE (W) - Women

Repetition before Russian Semifinal in Euroleague -by Eurobasket News
The defending champions of Euroleague proved once again that they are the best team even this season in Europe. Taking into consideration the fact that the team has players from the USA and Australia it can be counted as the best team of the World.
Just an hour ago Spartak MR overcame UMMC 96:73 to take 17-1 record in Superleague. An easy start from the hosts saw 29:16 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Another 32:15 and UMMC was out of the game. Spartak MR paid more attention to defense in the second half but was not upset with two losses in the last periods. Australian Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) led the winners with 29 points. Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) netted 23, whilst Bird posted 14. Agnieszka Bibrzycka ended up with 21 points for the guests.
In another games of Superleague CSKA overwhelmed Shelen 102:47. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) is back on track to top-score again after MVP in All Star game. Together with Ann Wauters (194-C-80) they produced 16 points each. Lisina supported them with 15 points as CSKA increased to 18-0. Olga Gritsaeva (193-F-85, college: S.Carolina) top-scored with 11 points in the losing effort.
Nadezhda proved once again that this season is not fortune for Dynamo Moscow. The team from Orenburg defeated the capitals 91:64. Elen Shakirova (192-C-70) collected 23 points and 11 rebounds. Lennnox produced 15 and Beresneva added 13. Simona Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) finished the game with 19 points for Moscow team.

Spartak MR-UMMC 96:73 (29:16, 32:15, 19:21, 16:21)
Spartak MR: Lauren Jackson 29, Diana Taurasi 23, Bird 13
UMMC:Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) 21, Leuchanka 12, Taylor 12

CSKA-Shelen 102:47 (34:8, 22:11, 30:10, 16:18)
CSKA: Amaya Valdemoro 16, Ann Wauters 16+9 rebs, Lisina 15
Shelen:Olga Gritsaeva 11, Hrustaleva 10, Myasoedova 5

Nadezhda-Dynamo Moscow 91:64 (33:12, 19:17, 18:21, 21:14)
Nadezhda: Elen Shakirova 23+11 rebs, Lennox 15, Beresneva 13
Dynamo Moscow: Simona Augustus 19, Kublina 12


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: YMCA Helsinki ready to semifinals -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Quarterfinals, Game 2: BC Nokia - YMCA Helsinki 53-64 (27-32) (Joanna Rhoads (163-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) 13, Sheree Thompson 13 - Jenni Laaksonen (186-F-81) 17, Niina Laaksonen 15/14). YMCA Helsinki won 2-0. YMCA Helsinki will meet Catz (Lappeenranta) in the semifinals starting on March 22.
Huima - Espoo Team 70-66 (34-40) (Keena Wicker (183-F-84, college: Charleston So.) 23, Kenya Robinson 18/18, Chrystal Erwin 13 - Pauliina Oksanen (178-F-81) 18, Kaisa Hook 17, Siiri Nuutinen 14). Huima - Espoo Team 1-1. The third game on March 18.


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GREECE - Women

Third Cup in a row for Esperides -by George Manousidis

Esperides / Glyfada it overcame the Apollon Ptolemaidos with 67-53 in final the Cup and conquered for third continuous year the trophy. Leading for the team of Kalitheas were the Stella Kaltsidou (187-C-83) and Erica Davis (191-C-85, college: Yale)

Alekos Daglas say: The third possessed title constitutes a record for the woman's basket. I want to give congratulation's in are player's for the effort that overwhelmed. The last interval we worked very hardly and this it appeared also in the ground. We proved that we are better team and correct we took the Cup. The game I believe it was judged in the third quarter, where we realised astonishing appearance. I want to thank the administration for the support that for us it provides. Henceforth we want only victories in the championship, so that we ensure also the second title.

MVP of the Final Four it was Erica Davis and first scorer it was LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech)



Esperides is the Cup winner for 2007-2008 -by Chris Mammides
Esperides were finally the Cup winners for the seazon 2007-2008. After a great game Alecos Daglas girls beat Apollon Ptolemaidas 53-67. The quarters were: 10-17, 28-33, 32-53 and the final 53-67
The MVP of the Cup Final was the American player of Esperides Davies. The scorers for the two teams were:
Apollon Ptolemaidas (Head Coach Tsibis): Kirkopoulou 4, Tokmaki 9, Spanidou 3, Karadima 2, Tsakmaki 2, Murphy 5, Davis 28.
Esperides (Head Coach Alecos Daglas): Kaletzou 4, Kalogirou 3, Tserou 4, Stella Kaltsidou (187-C-83) 15 (2), Polymnia Sarekgou (185-G-72) 11 (1), Boni 7 (1), Pashopoulou 2 and Davies 17.

For the 3rd and 4th place, Athinaikos beat P. Faliro 53-52 ina thriller game. The quarters were: 13-12, 28-16, 44-33, 52-53.
P. Faliro (Head Coach Boubous): Haritou 5, Volonaki 6, Axiopoulou 12, Havale 2, Patera 3, Kaklea 3, Tsoukala 4, Mourd 17
Athinaikos (Head Coach Kalogeropoulos): Daskalopoulou 4, Manoli 10, Magaliou 2, Gkouzini 10, Kosma 10, Andrianna Haikali (178-G/F-79) 17


Weekend with Greek Cup -by George Manousidis
This weekend in the town of Veria it will be placed the Final Four of Greek Woman's Cup
Yesterday we had the two semifanls between Esperides / Glyfada vs Athinaikos and Apollon Ptolemaidos vs Paleo Faliro Pireus.
In the first game Apollon Ptolemaidos beat Paleo Faliro Pireus 65-52 and became the first team that ensured her attendance in Final. Best player for the winners it was Olga Kyrkopoulou (188-F/C-75) with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 assist and 1 block . For Paleo Faliro Pireus Dimitra Tsoukala (184-F-88) has 14 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
In the second game Esperides / Glyfada overcame Athinaikos 52-44 and go strate to the Final with Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) in exceptional day scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals.
Athinaikos has only one player in the field, Farris with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 steals.
If Esperides / Glyfada win the Final it will be the third in a row Cup.
The Final between the Esperides / Glyfada vs Apollon Ptolemaidos it will be today at 19:00


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HOLLAND - Women

Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
1. Yellow Bike 16-2
2. ProBuild Lions 15-4
3. Amazone 14-3
4. BV Lely 10-10
5. Woonb./DAS 9-10
6. Perik Jumpers 9-10
7. Binnenland 5-14
8. Celeritas-D. 3-13
9. Grasshoppers 2-17


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ICELAND - Women

KR 2-Grindavik 0 -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
KR is on a good roll to play-offs final after they beat Grindavik again tonight. Strong start from KR in first quarter 24-12 was the key for their win. Leading 45-30 at halftime and winning both second half quarter by 1 point.
Another great performance from Hildur Sigurdardottir (170-G-81, agency: IceBasket) with triple double. 18 pts. 13 rebounds 11 assist & 4 steals. Candace Futrell also played well 33 pts & 14 rebs.. Gudrun Groa Thorsteinsdottir had good game too with 13 pts & 7 boards. KR outrebounding Grindavik again 54-38. Probably the main different between these teams.
Tiffany Roberson (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Chattanooga) 34 + 10 boards for Grindavik. Petrunella Skuladottir 13.


Iceland Express league play-offs. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
KR starts play-offs well by beating Grindavik in first game 81-68. Big game from team captain Hildur Sigurdardottir (170-G-81, agency: IceBasket) 28 pts & 13 rebs.Candace Futrell 22. Gudrun Amundadottir 14 Sigrun Amundadottir 10 + 11 rebs for KR.
Tiffany Roberson 20 + 14 rebs. Iris Sverrisdottir 14. Joanna Skiba 12 for Grindavik.

Keflavik needed overtime to beat Haukar in first game of play-offs. Haukar leading by 8 and less than 2 minutes left of the game. Keflavik tight the game up and overtime was it. Birna Valgardsdottir step up in overtime and made 6 points in beginning. Final score 94-89.
TaKesha Watson 30. Sussanne Biemer 22. Birna Valgardsdottir 18 for Kwflavik.
Vivtoria Crawford 32. Unnur Tara Jonsdottir, Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 14 each. Telma Fjalardottir 14 + 22 rebounds for Haukar.


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ITALY - Women

A1 Silver Cross Cup enjoys Final Four -by Eurobasket News
Silver Cross Cup reached the Final Four stage and the semis were played yesterday. In the first semifinal clash Umana Venezia took on Phard Napoli. Napoli got to a better start and limiting Venezia to just 12 points in the opening frame jumped to a 19:12 lead after 10 minutes. But Venezia gradually found the right tempo and exploded with 29 points in the second period. It was just enough for them to pile up a 41:33 halftime advantage. Adia Barnes (180-F-77, college: Arizona) kept Napoli within a striking distance in the third period as they trailed by only a single point with a quarter to go in the game. But the offensive effort went drought for Napoli in the fourth period as they managed just 10 points and had little to hope for in the final minutes. Venezia celebrated a 79:69 victory at the end and advanced to the Final. Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80) led all scorers with 27 points for Venezia. Shannon Johnson (169-G-74, college: USC) contributed 16 points and 7 boards, while Mery Andrade (181-F-75, college: ODU) had 13 points for the winners. Adia Barnes answered with 20 points and 8 boards for Napoli. Mariangela Cirone (171-G-76) dropped 12 points in defeat.
Venezia will take on Levoni Taranto in today's Cup title decider. Taranto bruised Familia Wuber Schio 73:67 in the second semifinal yesterday. The game's scenario resembled the first semifinal game. Schio took over at the start of the game and ran away to a 22:18 lead after 10 minutes of action. A well-balanced offense often set unsolvable problems for Taranto's defense in the first half. But eventually it was Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) who ignited Taranto. American import found her touch and dominated the paint. Taranto grabbed a 41:40 lead at the long break and stretched it to 4 points heading into the fourth stanza. The game turned out into a heated battle in the final frame but Rebekkah Brunson was well helped by Anna Zimerle (173-G-76) and Taranto secured the winning outcome at the end. Rebekkah Brunson finished with game-high 26 points and 14 boards to pace Taranto. Anna Zimerle added 16 points, while Linda Froehlich (188-F/C-79, college: UNLV) chipped in 13 in a win. Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) answered with 16 points and 7 boards for Schio. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) and Laura Macchi (187-F-79) had 14 points apiece in a loss.


Standings A2 Women -by Massimo Finizio
A2 Standings
Group A
1. San Giovanni 20-3
2. Marghera 20-3
3. Bologna 19-4
4. Crema 16-7
5. Reggio Emilia 15-8
6. Udine 14-9
7. Cavezzo 14-9
8. Broni 12-11
9. San Bonifacio 11-12
10. Cervia 8-15
11. Val Di Taro 7-16
12. Firenze 7-16
13. Bolzano 7-16
14. Muggia 5-18
15. Carugate 5-18
16. Ivrea 4-19
Group B
1. Ancona 20-3
2. Pontedera 20-3
3. Chieti 16-7
4. Siena 14-9
5. Umbertide 14-9
6. Livorno 14-9
7. S.Elpidio 14-9
8. Rende 13-10
9. Cagliari Ic. 10-13
10. Cagliari CUS 10-13
11. Battipaglia 9-14
12. Alcamo 9-14
13. Napoli 8-15
14. Alghero 7-16
15. Palestrina 3-20
16. Valdarno 3-20


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KAZAKHSTAN - Women

Quarterfinals of the National League -by Eurobasket News

Tigers and Okzhetpes Kokshetay were waiting for their opponents in the semifinals and did not participate in the early stages. Recently the Quarterfinals of the Kazakhstan league took place.

Kustanay needed two games to overcome Okzhetpes Kokshetay-2 in the Quarterfinals. In the first game Kustanay was stronger 74:67. Even though the guests won the first half, 34:39 the hosts dominated in the second and led the game to the first win. With 21:13 in the last quarter they closed the game truthfully. In the second game Kustanay grabbed 70:71 victory to advance to the semis. An offensive game in the third quarter brought them 21:24 advantage.

Baltic league representative in Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau won over MKTU 85:74. The latter opened the game with 21:26 in the opening quarter and then enjoyed 6-points lead at the half. Barsy Atyrau used a 23:10 in the third quarter to take the first win of the campaign. In the second game Barsy Atyrau had a road win 56:72 to clinch the semifinal spot.

As it became clear in the semifinals Astana Tigers will meet Barsy Atyrau. Okzhetpes Kokshetay will face Kustanay in another campaign.

Semifinals
Astana Tigers-Barsy Atyrau
Okzhetpes Kokshetay-Kustanay



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LATVIA - Women

Stats Leaders - Women
LSBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Tillis (TTT) 20.0
Ozolina (Rapa) 19.8
Okonkvo (Cesis) 19.3
Niedola (Liepaja) 18.6
Malkevica (Rapa) 17.4
Rebounds Per Game
Niedola (Liepaja) 11.5
Vitola (Riga) 10.3
Crockett (Cesis) 10.2
Okonkvo (Cesis) 10.2
Kityzina (TTT) 9.7,
Assists Per Game
Ose-Hlebovicka (Kl.) 5.9
Derevjanik (Cesis) 5.3
Eibele (Avantis) 4.6
Z.Eglite (TTT) 4.3
Tare (TTT) 3.7
Steals Per Game
Z.Eglite (TTT) 3.5
Okonkvo (Cesis) 3.5
Babkina (TTT) 3.3
Blocks Per Game
Vitola (Riga) 3.6
Gailite (TTT/Rapa) 1.9
Kityzina (TTT) 1.8
Ranking
Okonkvo (Cesis) 27.4
Kityzina (TTT) 23.8
Niedola (Liepaja) 22.8


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
1. Cesis 27-0
2. Avantis T. 20-10
3. Liepajas met. 17-12
4. RTU/Klond. 17-13
5. TTT Riga 14-1
6. TTT/Rapa 14-15
7. Ridzene 10-19
8. SK Riga 5-25
9. LU/US 0-29


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LEBANON - Women

Lebanese League - Round 3 of the Final 4 -by Raffi Kassabian
In the third round of the lebanese league final 4 (semi final round), Antranik Beirut ended the series against Champville 3-0 after winning the third game with the score 73-42. With this result, Antranik Beirut reached the finals of the Lebanese League and will wait the winner of the other semi final series. Homenetmen Antelias leads the second series 2-1 after beating Riyadi Beirut in Riyadi's court 75-56 after an outstanding play from all Homenetmen's players. The fourth game between the two teams will be held on Tuesday 18th of March 2008 in Homenetmen's court at 8:00 p.m.

Lebanese Basketball Championship Semi Final Round - Results

Antranik Beirut - Champville 73-42
Riyadi Beirut - Homenetmen Antelias 56-75
Riyadi Beirut: Talar Margossian 17, Sabine Fakhoury 13, Emma Eskidjian (-C-71) 13, Maya El Achkar (179-F-81) 7, Wadad Mougharbel 5, Mayssa Fneish 1.
Homenetmen Antelias: Sandra Najem (165-G-88) (165-G-88) 26, Nathalie Sevajian (170-G-88) 23, Leila Fares 15, Caroline Moufarej 4, Eliane Chalhoub 3, Tsoline Kazandjian 2, Alek Tabakian (175-G-85) 1, Sanan Markarian 1.

Schedule

18/3/2008 Homenetmen Antelias vs Riyadi Beirut


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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Musel Pikes triumph in the National Cup -by Eurobasket News
T71 Dudelange - Musel Pikes 70:77

Musel Pikes defended their Cup title clinching a narrow victory in the yesterday's Final. They took on T71 Dudelange in the Cup title defense and looked stronger to celebrate a well-deserved victory at the end. The teams entered the game carefully and tried to stay away from mistakes. Musel Pikes however were just a bit better what was reflected in the scoreline as they grabbed a 20:19 lead after 10 minutes. A dynamic duo of Amanda Stowe (186-F/C-79, agency: Next Level, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) and Andrea Haris soon pumped Musel Pikes for a deeper advantage. They gained the speed leaving Dudelange behind. Musel Pikes built a 41:32 advantage at halftime and seemed dominant at the moment. Dudelange relied on their leader Katie Donovan (183-F-82) but she regularly committed turnovers piling up as many as 8 at the end. Musel Pikes outmuscled their opponents under the rims and stretched the gap to 16 points at the end of the third period. Finally Dudelange began toiling for victory as they tightened the defense and some sparks of full-court press allowed them to limit Musel Pikes' offensive presence. Dudelange outgunned Musel Pikes 18:9 in the fourth period but it was never enough to succeed at the end. Amanda Stowe finished with game-high 25 points to pace Musel Pikes. Andrea Haris added 19 points, while Irina Mazjoukhina (181-F-76) had 10 points and 13 boards for the winners. Katie Donovan produced 20 points and 10 boards for Dudelange. Alexandra Kugener (178-F/C-83) had 15 points in defeat. Musel Pikes sank 58% from the field, while T71 Dudelange managed just 38%. The winners also outrebounded their counterparts
41:34 and forced those to 17 turnovers.

T71 Dudelange: Katie Donovan 20+10 boards, Alexandra Kugener 15
Musel Pikes: Amanda Stowe 25, Andrea Haris 19, Cathy Schmit (169-G-90) 11, Irina Mazjoukhina 10+13 boards


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MONTENEGRO - Women

Gospic edges Jedinstvo -by Eurobasket News

Jedinstvo -Gospic 60:83 (14-22, 19-19, 11-20, 14-22)

Gospic had a road win over Jedinstvo 60:83 to finish the regular season with 14-4 record of Adriatic League. Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) paced all the winners with 16 points. Marina Mazic (190-C-80) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Mirjana Tabak (182-F-72) scored 14. Jasmina Bigovic (176-G-79) produced 15 points in defeat as Jedinstvo will have one more game with Sibenik.
Gospic won the opening tip and attacked from the start for the game's first points. Croatian team grabbed 14:22 advantage after the first 10 minutes of the game. Jedinstvo responded with aggressive offense in the second period. A 19:19 quarter brought 33:41 for Gospic when the teams disappeared in the lockers. The second half started somehow familiar, but then again Croatian team started to increase. The question about the winner was ready in the end of the third quarter when Gospic had 17 points lead. They started the final quarter from downtown and led the game to the happy end. Gospic finishes regular season on the third position, however this is not what they could dream of.

The game between Jedinstvo and Sibenik is scheduled for March 17th. It will be the last game of the regular season 2007-2008.

Jedinstvo:Jasmina Bigovic 15, Bojana Vucinic (180-G-82) 11
Gospic: Sandra Popovic-Mandir 16, Marina Mazic 15+10 rebs, Mirjana Tabak 14



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RUSSIA - Women

Repetition before Russian Semifinal in Euroleague -by Eurobasket News
The defending champions of Euroleague proved once again that they are the best team even this season in Europe. Taking into consideration the fact that the team has players from the USA and Australia it can be counted as the best team of the World.
Just an hour ago Spartak MR overcame UMMC 96:73 to take 17-1 record in Superleague. An easy start from the hosts saw 29:16 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Another 32:15 and UMMC was out of the game. Spartak MR paid more attention to defense in the second half but was not upset with two losses in the last periods. Australian Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) led the winners with 29 points. Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) netted 23, whilst Bird posted 14. Agnieszka Bibrzycka ended up with 21 points for the guests.
In another games of Superleague CSKA overwhelmed Shelen 102:47. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) is back on track to top-score again after MVP in All Star game. Together with Ann Wauters (194-C-80) they produced 16 points each. Lisina supported them with 15 points as CSKA increased to 18-0. Olga Gritsaeva (193-F-85, college: S.Carolina) top-scored with 11 points in the losing effort.
Nadezhda proved once again that this season is not fortune for Dynamo Moscow. The team from Orenburg defeated the capitals 91:64. Elen Shakirova (192-C-70) collected 23 points and 11 rebounds. Lennnox produced 15 and Beresneva added 13. Simona Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) finished the game with 19 points for Moscow team.

Spartak MR-UMMC 96:73 (29:16, 32:15, 19:21, 16:21)
Spartak MR: Lauren Jackson 29, Diana Taurasi 23, Bird 13
UMMC:Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) 21, Leuchanka 12, Taylor 12

CSKA-Shelen 102:47 (34:8, 22:11, 30:10, 16:18)
CSKA: Amaya Valdemoro 16, Ann Wauters 16+9 rebs, Lisina 15
Shelen:Olga Gritsaeva 11, Hrustaleva 10, Myasoedova 5

Nadezhda-Dynamo Moscow 91:64 (33:12, 19:17, 18:21, 21:14)
Nadezhda: Elen Shakirova 23+11 rebs, Lennox 15, Beresneva 13
Dynamo Moscow: Simona Augustus 19, Kublina 12


Standings Women D1
A Superleague Standings
1. CSKA 18-0
2. Spartak MR 17-1
3. UMMC 16-3
4. BC Moscow 12-6
5. Vologda 10-8
6. Dyn.-Energia 10-9
7. Dynamo M. 8-11
8. Dynamo K. 7-11
9. Nadezhda 6-13
10. Spartak SP 4-15
11. Cheliabinsk 2-16
12. Shelen 1-18


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SERBIA - Women

Ines Kresvic speaks about her experience in France -by Leslie Anderson

Ines Kresovic (182-G-84) speak about her first experience in France and is looking forward to the French Cup tie next week against USVO. She also sends a nice message in Serbian for the up and coming players.


Ines made her return to action last night after injury as Aix-en-Provence beat Arras She played for 10 minutes and scored 2 points, took 4 rebounds and had two steals and one assist.


You can also listen to the comments of her team mate Liad Suez-Karni





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SLOVAKIA - Women

Nitra stun MBK Ruzomberok -by Eurobasket News
It would be correct if we start not with KOSIT 2013, but with another game, that was a key one. INPEK UKF Nitra overcame the representative of EuroCup from the country MBK Ruzomberok 75:58. The hosts suggested their rhythm from the early beginning and took a lead. INPEK UKF Nitra opened the campaign with 24:19 and improved to 18:11 at the half. A 21:12 in the last quarter saw the hosts' ambitions. Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) led the winners with 20 points. Kalafutova netted 17 and Mracnova scored 15. Regina Palusna (192-C-89) top-scored for the guests with 21 points.
KOSIT 2013 had some difficulties over Cassovia in the first half. Cassovia won the second quarter 20;18 and trailed only 5 points at the half. A 9:19 and 6:28 however proved the difference between two squads. Alena Kovacova (190-C-78) paced the winners with 26 points. Michulkova scored 20 and Jendrichovska added 14. Dominika Krajnakova (175-89) chipped in 17 for the hosts.
Viktoria beat Slavia UMB Banska Bystrica 63:57 as Dasa Krasnockova (181-F-85) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Alexananova produced 13 points in defeat. In the game for the 7-10 places ZBK Whirlpool Poprad overcame BO TJ Spartak Myjava 83:68. Katarina Timkova (172-F-81) was the best for the winning side with 21 points and Michaela Malinkova (170-F-85) scored 23 in defeat.

Cassovia - KOSIT 2013 52:89 (17:24, 20:18, 9:19, 6:28)
Cassovia: Dominika Krajnakova 17, D. Wilson 14, Benuskova 11
KOSIT 2013: Alena Kovacova 26, Michulkova 20, Jendrichovska 14

INPEK UKF Nitra - MBK Ruzomberok 75:58 (24:19, 18:11, 12:16, 21:12)
INPEK UKF Nitra:Edita Sujanova 20, Kalafutova 17, Mracnova 15
MBK Ruzomberok: Regina Palusna 21, Podesvova 18

Viktoria - Slavia UMB Banska Bystrica 63:57 (17:12, 15:19, 16:16, 15:10)
Viktoria:Dasa Krasnockova 18, Kandracova 15, Kovaľova 11
Slavia UMB Banska Bystrica: Alexananova 13, Makkova 12, Simova 11

ZBK Whirlpool Poprad - BO TJ Spartak Myjava 83:68 (22:19, 19:19, 22:13, 20:17)
ZBK Whirlpool Poprad: Katarina Timkova 21, Kmetova 13, Petrikova a Gulova 11
BO TJ Spartak Myjava: Michaela Malinkova 23, Prochazkova 17, Mullerova 11


Standings - Women
Extraliga Standings
1-6 Places
1. Kosit 2013 23-0
2. MBK Ruz. 17-6
3. Nitra 14-9
4. Viktoria K. 12-11
5. UMB B.B. 11-12
6. Cassovia K. 9-14
7-10 Places
1. Poprad 11-10
2. Roznava 10-11
3. Slovan 2-18
4. Myjava 2-19


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SWEDEN - Women

Standings - Damligan
Damligan Standings
Group 1
1. Solna Vikings 2-0
2. Telge Energi 2-0
3. 08 0-2
4. Lulea Basket 0-2
Group 2
1. Norrkoping 2-0
2. Visby 1-1
3. Marbo Basket 1-1
4. Jamtland 0-2


Norrkopings Dolphins are closer to win Group 2 -by Eurobasket News
Norrkopings Dolphins remains the only undefeated team in Group 2 where only one team will advance to the semis. In an overtime battle the team overcame Jamtland Basket 93:87. The start of the game was not successful for the hosts that trailed 14:22. They could hardly reply with 19:15 in the second quarter to reduce to 4 points. Although the third quarter brought 21:15, Jamtland Basket closed the fourth for 73:73. In overtime Norrkopings Dolphins was glad to take the win and the second victory in Group 2. Dominique Redding (185-F-85, agency: 540 Sports) shone with 30 points to lead all the scorers. Sofie Lundberg (181-F-89) posted 20, while Malin Belfrage (184-F-79) scored 19. Melissa Traversi was outstanding for the guests providing 38 points.
Visby Ladies and Marbo Basket have now 1-1 record after 54:47 for the first. In a defensive game none of the teams could score more than 15 points a quarter. Visby Ladies managed to score 30 points in the first half that was enough for the total win later. two players dominated for the hosts as Crystal Washington (190-F/C-82, college: Maryland) and Alyssa Wahl (188-F/C-84, college: N.Arizona) collected 43 points. Emma Nilsson (179-F-84) was the only one to reach double digits scoring 17 points.

Visby Ladies - Marbo Basket 54-47
Visby Ladies: Crystal Washington 22, Alyssa Wahl 21, Olga Kjelsson 3, Agnes Nordstrцm 3, Marie Sцderberg 3, Joanna Ausmann 2, Susanne Kernl 0, Sofia Uddin 0
Marbo Basket: Emma Nilsson 17, Johanna Ericsson 7, Ashley Key 6, Maria Gustavsson 6, Lisa Knutsson 5, Lindsey Hicks 0, Johanna Kдllman 0, Caroline Danielsson 0, Karin Inger 0

Norrkopings Dolphins - Jamtland Basket 93-87
Norrkopings Dolphins: Dominique Redding 30, Sofie Lundberg 20, Malin Belfrage 19, Tanya Massamba 9, Ifeanyichukwa Nnamaka 6, Hayet Neffati 6, Sara Saks 2, Petra Jacob 2, Helen Thorold 0
Jatland Basket:Melissa Traversi 38, Abby Schrader (191-C-84, college: Maine) 10, Camilla Fagerberg 10, Malin Aasa 10, Stina Nilsson 10, Sofie Andersson 9, Emma Skarle 0


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TURKEY - Women

Migros steals the victory from Fenerbahce -by Eurobasket News
The leader of Turkish League Fenerbahce lost the second game after 18-0 record. The defending champions were upset at home by Migros 71:75 and now has 18-2. Esse led the winners with 18 points. Siyahdemir netted 14, while Tugce Inontepe (173-G-87) had 13. Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) ended up with 14 points for the defending champions. Migros bombed the hosts from the very beginning and took 20:23 advantage after the first 10 minutes, They increased to 8 points lead when the teams finished the first half. For Fenerbahce the things got better after the third quarter with 17:11 in it and it seemed that the favorite would clinch the victory. Migros had another opinion and produced 17:19 in the final stanza.
In another Saturday games PANKUP TED Kayseri Koleji beat Botas 71:52.Botas took a control of the game in the opening quarter and had 12:18 after the first quarter. PANKUP TED Kayseri Koleji bounced back with wins in three other quarters and reached 13th victory. Lisa Willis (183-G/F-84, college: UCLA) collected 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Aynur Metin (174-F-76) scored also 14, while Anita Moore top-scored with 20. Kristen Newlin ended up with 17 points in defeat. Besiktas had a road win over IUSK 69:84.

Fenerbahce-Migros 71:75
Fenerbahce: Sviatiana Volyana 4 (3 ribaund), Esmeral Tuncluer 11 (4 ribaund, 2 asist), Birsel Vardarlı 7 (5 ribaund, 9 asist), Yasemin Dalgalar 4 (1 asist), Nevriye Yılmaz 16 (3 ribaund, 1 asist), Gergena Branzova Erdenay 4 (6 ribaund), Tammy Sutton-Brown 14 (2 ribaund), Melike Bakırcıoğlu 9 (4 ribaund, 2 asist), Ebony Vernice Hoffman 2 (2 ribaund, 2 asist)
Migros: Tugce Inontepe 13 (4 ribaund, 1 asist), Nalan Guney 12 (3 ribaund, 1 asist), Kubra İmren Siyahdemir 14 (3 ribaund, 2 asist), Melek Bilge 2 (1 ribaund), Dalila Ayobumi Esse 18 (3 ribaund, 1 asist), Kerri Garden 6 (6 ribaund, 3 asist), Adeola Olanrewaju 10 (13 ribaund)

PANKUP TED Kayseri Koleji-Botas 71:52
PANKUP TED Kayseri Koleji: Metodieva Stanoeva 2 (3 ribaund, 1 asist), Betul Sunter 3 (2 ribaund, 1 asist), Hulya Ízkan 10 (5 ribaund, 2 asist), Serap Yucesir 0 (1 ribaund), Lisa Willis 14 (13 ribaund, 3 asist), Esra Ural 1 (1 ribaund), Aynur Metin 14 (5 ribaund, 1 asist), Anita Moore 20 (4 ribaund, 3 asist), İlsu Darıcıoğlu 5 (4 ribaund, 3 asist), Gulcin Cantekin 2 (2 ribaund)
Botas: Naile İvegin 6 (5 ribaund), Burcu Cigil 2, Pınar Turan 4 (2 asist), Şebnem Tumer 0, (1 ribaund, 1 asist), Gulşah Gumuşay 3 (5 ribaund, 1 asist), Nura İmamovic 2, Gamze Takmaz 0, Chrissy Givens (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Middle Tenn.St.) 16 (7 ribaund, 3 asist), Gorkem Ertaş 2 (1 ribaund), Kristen Newlin 17 (9 ribaund, 1 asist)

IUSK - Besiktas 69-84


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Murrah lose in double OT, -by David Edole

Brizannai Washington scored 36 points as Indianola Gentry defeated Murrah 80-75 in double overtime Saturday to win the girls Grand Slam Championship in Tupelo.

It was Gentry's second straight Grand Slam title and capped another 40-0 season. The Lady Rams' 80-game winning streak is two shy of the public school state record set by Agricola in the early 1950s.

Gentry is ranked No. 1 in The Clarion-Ledger Super 10 and No. 9 nationally by USA Today. Murrah is ranked No. 3 in The Super 10 and No. 5 nationally.

Washington scored 32 of her 36 points after halftime to lead Gentry, the Class 4A state champion.

LaSondra Barrett scored 28 points for Class 5A champ Murrah (32-2), which lost to Gentry in last year's Grand Slam final.

Tanecka Carey chipped in with 14 points in the loss.



Georges, Monroe win DIII hoops title -by David Edole
Monroe College of the Bronx walloped Mohawk Valley Community College Hawks, 79-48, in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III women's basketball championship game on Saturday.
Monroe (31-2) was just too much. Led by tournament MVP Monet Johnson, who scored 30 points, 20 in the second half, and grabbed 14 rebounds, the Mustangs claimed their second championship in three years. They defeated MVCC in 2006 to win their first title.
The Hawks did not shoot well, hitting just 19 of 63 shots from the field and doing worse from the foul line - 5 of 18 in the first half and 9 of 29 overall - but in the end it came down to Monroe's greater athleticism and the talent.
MVCC was still in the game at halftime, down 31-22, despite its horrifying foul shooting, but the Mustangs quickly pushed their advantage to double digits as the second half began. The Hawks' last real chance came when Shanai Norman scored on a fast break to cut Monroe's lead to 38-30 with 16:20 to go. Johnson, a 5-foot-11 forward who gets off the floor quickly, gets to the ball first most of the time and owns a smooth jump shot, struck back with a three-point play, then made a fastbreak bucket, and, after Kirby hit a jumper, canned a foul shot that was followed by a Shakeena Halsey jumper. That gave the Mustangs a 46-32 lead with 13:12 to play, and the Hawks never were able to get within range again.
The Mustangs forced the Hawks into an uncommonly high 26 turnovers, which led to 23 Monroe points and a lot of no chances at the offensive end.

Monroe 79, MVCC 48
MVCC (28-5): Cara Rowlands 0, Sara Roseen 3, Kayla Critser 0, Shantel Dunston 3, Tonisha Kirby 11, Gracie Plagainos 6, Shanai Norman 7, Sam Morgan 13, Melissa St. Louis 3, Erica Smalls 0, Manda Lynch 0, Dorothy Hunte 2. Totals: 19-63 9-29 48.
Monroe (31-2): Shakeena Halsey 4, Tiana Gilliam 12, Ashley Georges 3, Tierra Cleaves 2, Monet Johnson 30, Talaya Robinson 13, Octavia Jordan 2, Verree Harris 6, Alyscia Jordan 2, Samantha Johnson 5. Totals: 27-63 19-24 79.
Halftime: 31-22. 3-point goals: MVCC 1-11 (Rowlands 0-1, Roseen 0-4, Kirby 0-2, Plagainos 1-2, Norman 0-2). Monroe 6-18 (Halsey 0-1, Gilliam 2-2, Georges 1-2, Cleaves 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Robinson 2-7, S. Johnson 1-4).